Appreciate Your Progress

Are you caught up in day-to-day busy-ness, and when you finish one task do you just move on to the next without really acknowledging the milestones of progress? It is likely the same is true in your own personal growth and development. When we were babies, each word or step was noted and celebrated, every indication of learning and growth was measured and recorded.

Then, we had badges in scouts and grades in school. But what happens in adulthood? How often do you sit back and contemplated where you have been and how far you have come along?

At the start of a fresh year, it is a good time to assess the year that has passed and set milestones that you would like to achieve in the coming year.

With a journal and pen in hand, sit quietly, take a deep breath, and gently close your eyes. Think back twelve months ago to January of 2012. Envision the person who you were.

  • What was going on in your life?
  • What had your attention?
  • How are you the same or different from the person you were a year ago?
  • What dreams or goals did you have for the year—and did you accomplish them?

Continuing envisioning yourself throughout the year, month by month.

  • What obstacles did you overcome?
  • What gifts were made available to you?
  • What people figured prominently in your life? Who entered your life, and who exited?
  • What lessons did you learn? Which are you still working on?

Give yourself a big hug. Tell yourself how proud you are of YOU! You have been through a lot, have learned and grown, and changed.

You are amazing, appreciated, and worthy.