Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Celebrating Growth

This time of year is often a time of closing down and moving on. 

You might spend a portion of your day in a real classroom, standing in the front or you might be real student reclining in the back row. In these instances, you are measured.

When you were a youngster, your family likely purchased photos of your growth. You were able to see what had changed in the past months. Like this little Miss, everyone could see your growth, and guess what? Take my word for it, she's smiling. She knows she's changed, she's literally reached new heights (sorry, I couldn't resist) and she's proud of it.

Celebrating Growth

But as we become bigger, we forget about keeping track of these things. We don’t always document how we’ve grown, there is no measuring tool for our step by step accomplishments.

There is a wonderful quote that says,

“We overestimate what we can do in one day, 
and underestimate what we can accomplish in a year/decade..” 

(By the way, this quote has been attached to many from Bill Gates to Matthew Kelly to Tony Robbins. If you know who first said this, please drop me a line.) Unlike the youngster whose size you see here, we do not necessarily recognize our own growth.

Much like my Feel Good File – where I keep emails sent to me over the years which encourage me or give me thanks, I suggest we all keep a running list of our accomplishments. 

  • Jot down that big sale you made (and why you think you made it )
  • Scribble down your first 10km run with a big star on your calendar (and how you can’t wait to do it again)
  • Do a happy dance when you get your 100th Follower on any Social Media platform (and acknowledge what you did to get there)
  • Tell everyone the day you do your first perfect tumble at the end of the swim lane without-getting-water-up-your-nose (and how you are no longer afraid)
  • Whatever you do, be happy that you have touched someone's life (smile!)

Mark these steps down, we need to celebrate them, because they are all a part of our growth. And then we can use them for motivation when our spirit is lagging... and to share with others.

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