Giving yourself credit
Today’s post is a bit different than most. In brief, it is a reflection exercise. Most likely, this should be done individually or in discussion with a loved one. It may be helpful to have old journals, phone notes or pictures within reach.
Think back 5 years from today. For those reading on the day this is published, that would be Friday, April 8th, 2016. If it wasn’t for ‘on this day’ reminders from our social media platforms, would you remember what you were doing? Do you think back and realize how far you’ve come? How much of what you were doing around that time, has now become second nature? What characteristics of yourself were you only considering developing at that time and now have?
Funny enough, during this time I was on a social media ‘pause’. However, based on my google calendar, this weekend was the Atlantic City Beer and Wine Fest which I was considering attending. As it turns out, I did not attend as hoped. But instead, had a work trip to Nashville to prepare for. My entire life was in such a different place compared to current state. Memory tells me that I was wanting to have every second of every day packed with activities. In addition, I was in the process of finding a different place to live. Honestly, being on the move was a huge comfort at that time. Based on phone pictures, I had flown with work friends to do a leadership seminar with me. Ah, how some things change and other just keep getting better!
Okay, after that, potentially long walk down memory lane, it is time to realize how far you’ve come. And yes, believe me, I know there might be so much further to go, and that’s a good thing! (This blog would not exist if it wasn’t for the fact I want to improve and inspire others to improve every single day).
However, there is a time and a place to give yourself credit. And consider this permission to make that time NOW! That being said, as the northern hemisphere comes out of the winter season and transitions to the Spring season, there is no better time than NOW to give yourself the credit. Allow yourself the moment to truly consider your accomplishments, your growth, any elimination of bad habits and establishment of new ones! After all, when is the last time you gave yourself a round of applause?
Today is just that short and sweet. Realizing, that it my be emotional to go back to Spring of 2016 and remember all the things. In order to keep things simple, I’m purposely not adding additional stories or thoughts of my own.
Much love, xoxo
Rose & Bianca