Look At Your Wins

look at your winsAt the beginning of every client session I have them tell me of at least two wins from the previous week. I do this to shift the client’s emotional set-point to focus more on the positives and it gives me the opportunity to celebrate their progress with them. It always helps to look at your wins when you are struggling.

Look At Your Wins

On a day to day basis, or week to week, how often do you acknowledge and look at your wins in life? A feeling of pride and accomplishment is critical to feeling competent. But one of the biggest dangers in our rapidly changing lives is that we rarely get to feel or notice all of the things that we have accomplished or mastered before we are in motion again and on to other things.

If you don’t take the time to look at your wins and give yourself credit then how can you ever feel like you have progressed?

Throughout your lifetime, you’ve had many hundreds of wins and most of them you have probably barely noticed. If you don’t recognize what you have accomplished in life, even the small things, then you will never feel like you are getting anywhere or advancing in life. You will not feel competent or anymore capable today than you did yesterday.

Here is an exercise that I hope you will do. Write at least one page per year form the past ten years, all of the wins that you had from each year. It will be a challenging endeavor and time consuming but one that is definitely worth your time and attention.

Write down every skill that you mastered, every book that you read, every course you might have taken, every great performance appraisal from, work, and so on.

It is important for you to always look at your wins. By doing the exercise above you will feel a strong sense of pride and achievement and allow you to integrate your successes into your mind. You will see that you were actually getting ahead, getting better, and getting smarter all of the time.

Take some time at the end of each week to review your successes. I do what I call my weekly postmortem. Every Sunday evening at 8:00 P.M an alarm goes off on my phone and I stop whatever I am doing and sit down and review the previous week. This exercise has proven to be invaluable in terms of looking at where I was and where I want to go.

Look at your wins. Acknowledge that you are progressing – even if it is just one step at a time. Give yourself the gift of feeling a sense of pride and gratitude for all that you have accomplished. You deserve that.

Do you have some wins that you would like to share? Please add them in the comments section below.

Andy Wooten M.A. Counseling – A Certified Life Coach In Aspen Colorado

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Photo By Andy Wooten – 21 August 2016


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