When was the last time you celebrated an accomplishment or congratulated yourself at the end of a difficult day? Most of us spend a lot of our time making a list of our faults – either on paper or in our heads – but creating a list of your daily accomplishments helps balance the scale and keeps you from spiraling into a state of perpetual dissatisfaction.
Friends and acquaintances can clearly see what we do well and, yet, all of these things are often invisible to us. If you were raised by parents who withheld compliments, it can be even more difficult, and learning to pat yourself on the back can require a substantial shift in thinking.
It’s never too late to celebrate. It’s never too late to shine and become your own fan. Being too serious makes us stale and old. But the simple act of celebrating small victories or trying something new can improve your mental and physical health. You’ll begin to radiate positive energy, look younger and feel healthier.
Not sure how to do it? Here are a few things you can start doing today:
+ End each day by making a list of at least three things that you did well.
+ Call a dear friend and let them know how important they are to you.
+ When friends or associates tell you how wonderful you are – believe them.
I don’t know what’s happening in your life or how many compliments you receive in an average day. But here’s what I do know: You can learn to recognize how fabulous you really are, how to celebrate yourself and how to change your whole outlook in the process. And, in the words of my mentor, Dr. Wayne Dyer, “If you can change, then everything can change for you.”
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