Thursday, March 27, 2014

Look at How Far You've Come!

On a recent trip to Dallas, Texas I was stopped in my tracks by the image you see on the left. The contrast of the old against the new was breathtakingly beautiful. It symbolizes not only how Dallas has grown as a city, but how we have grown as a nation.

I think this image is a great metaphor for how we grow as individuals as well.  All too often we only look at where we are and what we are now. This can cause feelings of self-doubt and failure because we haven’t yet reached the heights we’ve dreamed of.

We fail to take the time to look back and see how far we’ve come.

Taking the time to look at how far you’ve come can produce feelings of success and accomplishment. These feelings of success and accomplishment can act as a fuel to keep you propelling forward toward your ultimate goals.

So here are a few suggestions to help you “appreciate” how far you’ve come.

  • Don’t throw out those finished to-do lists.  Keep them in a file so you can look back to see all you’ve accomplished.
  • Take a moment at the end of every day to look at what went well that day.
  • Set aside time in your schedule to review all that you accomplished
    • every month,
    • every quarter,
    • and every year.
  • Acknowledge what you have learned through your successes and your perceived failures.
I say “perceived failures” because it is my belief that nothing is ever a failure. It’s simply part of the growing process. Sometimes what we see as a failure is simply life’s way of pushing us in a new direction. Learning to embrace that isn’t always easy. Sometimes days, weeks, months and even years need to roll by before we can see the blessing wrapped in the disguise of a perceived failure. It’s only then we realize there was no failure. It was all part of a greater plan.

Here's to your success!