Do you give yourself enough credit for your achievements? If not, you limit your potential for success, joy, and happiness in life. Learn one easy, but powerful, technique to give yourself credit; credit that you deserve. The method you are about to learn is adjustable for every life area and situation. By applying it, you will become more successful and fulfilled.
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What happens when you don’t give yourself credit?
Do you know the days where, at the end of the day, you say to yourself that you have achieved nothing, although you’ve worked hard all day? How do you feel when you keep saying this to yourself? Are you motivated to keep going?
You probably feel unproductive and make yourself feel down, not having the drive to move on.
Why do you have an unproductive feeling even though you’ve worked all day?
You’ve had the goal to get something done, e.g. writing an article. At 5pm you still haven’t finished your writing. You see time flying by, but haven’t achieved your goal yet. That dissatisfies you. You get into a bad mood and your desire to keep going decreases.
If you find yourself in the above situation, then you are not just feeling bad, but you also limit your performance.
There is a happier and more motivating way to reflect your work.
Focus on the progress that you’ve already made!
Each step towards your ultimate goal is an achievement. Reward yourself for these achievements. Rewarded, you feel much better and stay driven to achieve success.
How can you reward yourself in a simple but effective way?
Give yourself credit for tiny progress
The technique I am about to explain is so simple and effortless that you can do it as many times as you like during your day.
Now, how would you give yourself credit for tiny progress?
Describe what you’ve already done in as much words as possible! List every single step!
By doing so, it feels as if you’ve done heaps of work – what you actually did, but usually not focus on. By turning your focus to the progress and describing it in many words, you give yourself credit and your brain feels rewarded.
Let’s stick to the goal to write an article. You haven’t finished the article as desired. But in order to write an article many steps are included.
Now, instead of focusing on the end result, concentrate on the many steps you’ve already achieved.
Your story, in order to still feel successful without having achieved your end goal, would be the following:
“It was an awesome and productive day. I have chosen a topic for my article and have formed my ideas around the topic. In order to make the topic more specific, I have done preliminary research and brainstormed sub-themes. I was able to narrow the broad topic down and have phrased my outcome for the article in order to stay focused. Subsequently, I have formed an idea to make my article unique. That makes sure that my article stands out.”
“I was able to phrase my statement and have determined the arguments to support it. Having boiled it down it to the three most important points, I’ve done two hours of deep research and have gathered supporting evidence for my arguments. I’ve also found reliable sources in order to strengthen my statement.”
“After having decided on the length of the article, I made an outline that helps me to keep focused while writing the article. I arranged all my arguments in the right order. That led me to writing the article. I have written a powerful introduction that grabs the attentions of my audience. Then, I described my statement and laid out my first argument. I have explained it, supported it with evidence, and stated my reliable sources. I’ve started the same process for my second argument.”
How successful and productive do you feel after having told yourself this story?
It’s a huge difference to: “I started an article, but I haven’t finished it yet.”
Now, this story makes a difference in your potential to succeed, because you gave yourself credit for each tiny step and thus motivated yourself to keep going to finalize your article.
Isn’t it fascinating that this approach is so easy? The whole process can happen in your head. You don’t need to write it down. It’s effortless and takes literally no time.
I’ve given you the principle with the example of a single task. Now, it is not limited to tasks, but has many potential areas of application.
You can use the same technique for describing the course of your day and feel productive each day. This method becomes even more powerful when you apply it to track the progress of a long-term goal, like losing a specific amount of weight or building your own business.
You can also track all the achievements you’ve already made within a specific area of your life. This can be done by asking yourself simple questions: “Where am I right now in my career because of what I have achieved in the past?” “Which experience and decisions have I made that have supported me on this process?”
Try this approach!
Take an area of your life and list all the achievements you’ve already accomplished.
Try it and realize how you start smiling.
It’s a powerful method to change your state of mind. You strengthen your mindset and get ready for more.
Unfortunately, we give ourselves too little credit for everything we do. Thus we miss out on pride, joy, happiness, and fulfillment; we limit our potential drastically.
Can you see how this approach does not just make you happier but also more successful? Can you feel the momentum?
“People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed” – Anthony Robbins
By acknowledging what you have done, you feel successful, get the momentum, and succeed.
What differences have you felt after your assignment? Leave a comment below and share your insights.