Why Appreciating Your Achievements is Important
You have probably achieved many things in your life. You should appreciate them. Many people don’t. They either dismiss their achievements or they’re so busy moving on to the next thing that they fail to celebrate them. If you do this, you need to stop. It can set up barriers to achieving more. Learn how to break down those barriers by recognizing and appreciating your achievements.
Some people find it hard to acknowledge their achievements – they’ve been conditioned to believe that it’s bragging and egotistical. It isn’t!! There’s a big difference between bragging, which is overstating your achievements to get recognition and approval, and appreciating the results of your efforts with honesty and integrity.
1. Why you should celebrate your own lifetime achievement.
It’s a big deal for anyone in Hollywood to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. They celebrate it as an event, publicize it, and film it for all to see. Just because you aren’t famous, doesn’t mean you haven’t accomplished anything. Be proud of what you have accomplished.
2. The next time someone recognizes an achievement of yours, don’t pass it off as no big deal.
Thank them, and consider yourself lucky that someone noticed. Also, write down the event in your journal every time it happens. This will show you that your achievements are worth it. By expressing and feeling gratitude, it’s also a sign to the universe that you’re open to receiving, even if it’s only a compliment. By honoring the cycle of giving and receiving you are opening the door to receive more blessings.
3. Appreciate the achievements of others.
One way to get people to recognize your achievements is to congratulate them on theirs. Be genuine in your praise. If you are just doing it to try and win points, this will be seen as shallow, and people will know you are not genuine. This is another example of the power of giving and receiving – you give honest appreciation and you’ll receive gratitude in return, and maybe even more.
4. If you are feeling a bit light on the achievement scale, try to figure out why that is.
It could be that you need to define your goals more clearly. Start with high-level goals and break them down into tasks and sub-goals. Are you getting caught up in busyness rather than focusing on the right (inspired) actions to move you towards your goals? Are you being held back by self-doubt and procrastinating because you don’t feel good enough or you don’t believe it’s possible for you to achieve your goals?
5. One achievement that people overlook is helping others.
This doesn’t have to be through volunteering. It can be helping a neighbor or somebody at work. You can choose to volunteer as well. When you help others achieve something, that is an achievement as well. It feels great knowing that you made a difference in someone else’s life.
6. Read about the achievements of others.
The reason why biographies of successful people continue to be published is that they help people learn the circumstances of these successful people. You can see that they were just like everyone else. It’s the classic, if they can do it so can you. Try to read several books per month, consistently. When you get discouraged, it’s inspiring to read about how other people overcame big challenges on the way to becoming successful – everyone has challenges to overcome and it’s how we face these challenges that makes the difference.
7. You want to appreciate your achievements. But, at the same time, you don’t want to rest on your laurels.
You always have more to achieve, so make sure that you appreciate what you have done, but understand there is more. Success is a journey, not a destination and there is joy to be found in taking on the next challenge, and the next challenge, because it’s the only way we grow. We are often surprised by how far we’ve traveled, and by celebrating our success we get inspired to move forward to even greater things.
4 Action Steps to Catapult Your Success
1. Write down all the achievements that you can remember. Try to think back as far as you can. Don’t limit yourself. If you had achievements in high school or college, put those down as well. This action will help show you everything you have achieved. It will give you confidence in your ability to accomplish anything you set your mind to.
2. Set heartfelt goals and intentions and make sure you include personal as well as professional goals. Life should be fun! As the saying goes “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”! It’s important that you set your goals from the heart otherwise you will be “half-hearted” in doing (and being) what it takes to achieve them.
3. Make a plan for how you will achieve your goals and always keep your big vision in mind. Break your goal down into simple steps so you are clear on what needs to be done and you can align your daily to-do lists with your overall goals. This not only keeps you on the right track, but it also eliminates time wasting and procrastination.
4. Carry out your plan! Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? But a plan is only good if you follow it, otherwise, it’s just shelfware. It’s easy to get distracted, to waste time and even get discouraged when your efforts don’t immediately bear fruit. So stay positive and persistent, keep the vision in your mind of what you want to achieve bigger than any obstacles you may have to overcome along the way, take one step at a time and remember to celebrate EVERY success.
I created the Ultimate Success Formula Workbook which describes in detail how to go through these 4 action steps. You can get a free copy of this workbook HERE.