Acknowledging your achievements, even in a small way, increases positive emotions such as self-respect, happiness, and confidence.

1. Start each day by writing down 2-5 things that you are looking forward to that day.
2. Each evening write 2-5 things that you are really proud of yourself for achieving.

Remember that we have an innate ability to edit or delete many things that we achieve each day. We seem to default to 'dumbing' ourselves down or somehow undermining what we achieve.
This can come from those achievements being so regular that they become the 'norm' therefore somehow not as important, or from somehow never feeling quite good enough.

Was today a good day? Did you finish a task that you have been putting off, be kind to someone - especially if they were being difficult, learn something new or complete a small but important step toward achieving a much bigger goal? Did you set aside time for yourself where previously you would have prioritised others?

More importantly, did you take the time to recognise your achievements, even if you did nothing more than jump up and do a little happy dance?

Or did you simply move on to the next task, project or assignment without giving your success another thought?

3. Keep a journal or happiness jar and reward yourself with meaningful things such as time for you to read a book, coffee and a chat with a friend, treat yourself to some luxury chocolate, wine or flowers or even gold stars for achieving your goals.
4. Create memories around your most important successes and whenever you notice you are self-doubting, refer back to them to remind yourself of how far you have come.
5. Rather than dwelling on what you didn’t achieve, why not recognise the value of all that you did accomplish, and then reward yourself with a few kind words or a little pampering.

And remember, we all have days when even getting dressed is an achievement!

Nikki EmertonComment