Celebrating Our Wins
A few weeks back my team and I began using Slack as a way to communicate and to keep track of our ever-growing list of tasks. My executive assistant, Jenny, also began asking for all of us to post what went well during the week and to note what we accomplished. That made quite a few members on our team pause and reflect not on what was still on the list of to dos, but to celebrate those they scratched off the list.
Stop Beating Yourself Up
So many of us spend much of our lives beating ourselves up over what didn’t get done, rather than giving ourselves a pat on the back for what we did accomplish. Let’s face it, our lists are long, and in reality, we’ll never get everything done. I know for my team, alone, we’ve made changes so that some of our tasks have shifted. And sometimes, we’re waiting on others to deliver information so that we can take action.
In this week after Thanksgiving, it’s a good idea to give gratitude to ourselves for all of our hard work. The small incremental steps we take toward completing a project, tending to our health, and nurturing relationships build momentum to greater accomplishments.
Work as a Prison
In Thrive, Arianna Huffington said, “We often use deadlines—real and imaginary—to imprison ourselves.” Hiding behind our work also keeps us from experiencing intimacy in our relationships. We become human doings rather than human beings, and care and compassion go by the wayside. That is a sad way to live.
Pat Yourself on the Back
Consider what you have done in this last week or so to nurture yourself. Did you exercise? Give yourself credit for carving out time to do yoga, lift some weights, take a run or a walk. Perhaps you even unplugged from your technology for a few days. Celebrate giving yourself a break!
What have you done this week to clean up any messes and incompletes? Sometimes we do just have to get down to business and tend to the filing, answer that unpleasant email, or simply do the laundry. It always feels good when an unpleasant task is behind us.
How are you caring for those special people in your life who really depend on you to show up for them? I love my work and I love my partner, Dana, and my family and friends. I know I could have my nose in a book, be listening to a new podcast, traveling far and wide to meet with clients. And I also know that if I didn’t take care of those close to me, I’d have no one to come home to and share all the wonders of my life with. That would be sad.
Here’s what I suggest: Each evening, take out your journal (more on journaling in coming weeks) and celebrate your wins. Write down at least three things that went well for you that day and that you scratched off the list or felt really good about.
P.S. The audio book of Jungle: A Journey to Peace, Purpose, and Freedom is slated for release next week. And remember, we also have a new companion workbook to go along with the book. For more details, click here: https://www.facebook.com/cindyhensonjungle/
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