I spent more time at work focusing on what matters most. I spent more time at home listening to my wife instead of telling her how to fix her problem. I purchased a Fitbit and averaged 10,000 steps a day. I helped my friend through a difficult time.
I count these among my 2014 accomplishments.
Just for a moment, think about your 2014 accomplishments, the progress you made personally and professionally. Pause and take it all in. Allow yourself to bask in the glow of your success. Feel good about where you are in life and all the good things you have done this year.
Notice how you feel. Does your stress start to fade away? Does your confidence begin to grow? Does your mouth begin to smile?
We live in a culture that teaches us to minimize our successes and always strive for more: more money, more success, more achievements. The relentless pursuit of the next accomplishment can leave us feeling exhausted, stressed out, and disconnected from our families, our friends and even ourselves.
When we reflect on our progress and accomplishments, we step off the achievement treadmill. We give ourselves the space to stop striving and to rest and relax. We open the door of appreciation and give ourselves a chance to think positively about where we are in life.
During the holidays, we often run from one project to the next. Perhaps we can all pause long enough to celebrate our own successes.