How often do we allow ourselves to relish our achievements? To think how amazing we are and what exceptional things we’re capable of?
We get through things. Get over hurdles, but do we really acknowledge our accomplishments?
By not acknowledging our strengths, our awesomeness, by not taking time to realise how amazing we are, we lose that precious moment we’ve been striving for…a moment of actually allowing ourselves some self love.
“I love myself” is not a common phrase we tell ourselves and it took me a while to stop cringing on hearing anyone say it.
I traced my reaction back to my early school days when I was bullied and the leader of the pack humiliated me in front of the class as she caught me admiring some artwork I’d done. She shouted across the room “Oh look at her – she so loves herself!” – Bam! That was it. The belief that loving what I’d done and myself was wrong. It became connected to fear and shame.
Maybe you share the same belief?
We achieve something great – something we’re proud of but we simply shrug our shoulders and focus onto the next hurdle to be jumped.
If we look back at the achievement we may think, “yes but…I just had to get through it…get it done…”
But if we actually stop for a minute, look at what we’ve accomplished. Focus on what we had to do outside of our comfort zone to achieve it. What discomfort we had felt before we did it. THEN we see the vastness of our accomplishment
We don’t celebrate enough.
We don’t acknowledge our awesomeness enough (sorry for the Americanism but we don’t have an equally strong expression :))
So this week is all about me,me,me! As I publicly acknowledge my recent top 3 awesome accomplishments to hopefully inspire you to ask yourselves, how amazing are you?!
I am amazing!
- Number 1:
Firstly I’ve qualified as a Rest and Renew Restorative Yoga Teacher under the well respected and highly influential Judith Lasater . Ok so that’s an achievement in itself but hang on…I am awesome remember :)..
I took 2 years and not the usual 3 months to complete the course due to being too ill to complete the attendance hours and case studies, recently making up the hours with workshops and private sessions. I was determined to qualify and I have…hurrah! I’m also damn good as I used myself to practice on!
- Number 2:
I’ve had a part time job in a health and beauty shop for the past 6 weeks – the first day I could hardly get home. I was so exhausted from being on my feet all day, let alone the journey to / from the shop which is the other side of town to me. After 2 days I was in so much discomfort I had to stay in bed as my body was so unused to standing and moving for long periods of time.
Now 6 weeks later, I even went out after work for dinner…my body’s getting stronger and my energy levels are increasing. My body is amazing and so am I 🙂
- Number 3:
Last week I was given the all clear by my oncologist. I’d beaten the cancer a couple of years ago and the painful consequences of the treatment had been my focus for the last 2 years. So after 5 years, the actual moment was rather an anti-climax. No trumpeters, no confetti throwing crowds outside the clinic as I left.
So, that’s it I thought. I’ve done that…Now what? And my mind started searching for future things to focus on.
But HOLD ON!!! WTF? I’d just reached a HUGE milestone in my life and was just simply accepting it and moving on.
Feel it. Relish it. Be it. Acknowledge the achievement.
I called my family. Hearing myself tell them the news, increased the appreciation I had for it. It made it more real.
So I shared it again – this time on Facebook – Oh who cares if no one responds. I’m putting it out there to the universe, for ME.
Well I was blown away by the response. People I didn’t even think who bothered to read my posts, sent lovely messages – and then I realised…
By loving ourselves, by acknowledging how amazing we are as individuals, what we can achieve, we can inspire others and make them happy too…
How amazing are you?
So why not take a moment and acknowledge your awesomeness. Show yourself some love and appreciation and tell yourself and the world how amazing you are!
Go on…and I’d love to hear about you!!
“Never let anyone or anything distract you from noticing how amazing you are.”
Graphic thanks to John Holzer