Sunday, December 31, 2006

Tip#16: Take Stock Of Your Achievements

It is New Year's Eve as I write this tip and have stayed committed to keeping regular postings on Wednesday and Sunday mornings. The reason is that I've received many wonderful thank you emails letting me know I've been providing hope to people during this holiday season. So if you are reading this now here is a tip to help get you excited about your goals for the new year.

In order to move forward sometimes you have to take a step back. It's like the expression, 'stop and smell the roses', it's a chance for you to pause and take stock of your past year's achievements. Big or small accomplishments, everyone has had many breakthroughs and it is important to recognize and acknowledge your personal successes. It's a great way to build your self-esteem and self-confidence. Here are 3 steps to help you:

Look at where you were a year ago in your:
a) Career b) Relationships c) Life Challenges

Helpful triggers:
- Look back at each month via your emails, daytimer, etc.
- Remember the challenges you were going through at the time.
- Remind yourself of fears you faced or projects you had completed over the year.
- Ask a friend or family member if they remember any successes you had. Maybe it was something you were searching for and finally found.

Write as many successes down as you can under each category.

Celebrate these successes today by treating yourself to: a favourite beverage, food, movie, etc. This raises your positive energy, positive attitude and self-esteem to prepare you for bigger successes.

Here are my personal examples:

a) Career:
- Developed and launched new identity:
- Discovered new passion for documenting my experiences through blogging
- Learning to say ‘no’ more confidently to jobs that are not in line with my vision
- Upgraded to hispeed internet service

b) Relationships:
- Let go of several toxic relationships even one that was a long time friend
- Learning to stand my ground and speak my mind faster
- Met key contacts for potentially ideal business allies

c) Life Challenges:
- Discovered Noni juice which has helped my immune system and energy levels
- Cleared a lot of old clothes and junk from my home I've had for too many years
- My relationship and trust with money continues to improve

Hopefully my personal examples of successes will show you that achievements can be anything you did that made you feel great and better about yourself as a person. Keep in mind that this feel good energy is what will fuel the success of your new year's resolutions or goals. This exercise builds your self-esteem and confidence levels and will start to work as a powerful magnet for more success. It's the law of attraction. Like attracts like.

Remember it takes courage to do something you may be uncomfortable with to achieve a successful outcome. You've done it before and you can do even more. So now I am raising a glass to toast all your successes this past year and wish you a happy new year full of even greater accomplishments in your life and career! Cheers!

Emmanuel Lopez
© Emmanuel Lopez 2006

1 comment:

Pril said...

Thanks for sharing i have to book mark your page hense i have an obsession problem withe self improvement goal setting and all the above! :)