If you are like the majority of us, your knee-jerk reaction is to call yourself names, spit, sputter, and get angry for falling short. But how productive is this? Whatever happens next is going to be directly affected by your attitude, because the more you focus on the mistakes and missteps, the more they will multiply. So what if you showed up to work with peanut butter on your shoulder? That just means you got your kiddo fed. If you got yourself out of bed, ready for work and out the door on time…congratulations! Some folks can’t get out of bed at all. Don’t discount the things you do routinely every day…being willing to bravely face another day no matter how routine, is cause for celebration. That my friend is an important springboard to a host of personal choices. Did you smile and the lady in the elevator or hold the door open for someone? Get a walk in at lunch? Call your Mom? Finish that Hope you had a wonderful birthday!big project on time? Every day is filled with successful completion of many things and a cause to rejoice. Pay attention to how those things make you F E E L.
Being happy is all about attitude. When you decide that you have things to be grateful for and think about those things, you just might see the list growing. Start a notebook of gratitude thoughts and successes. When you see something as an accomplishment write it down. When you experience successes or obtain something you worked hard for, write it down. Get teary-eyed at the sight of your child’s smile? Write it down! How would it feel to read these things before you went to sleep? Calming thoughts before sleep prepare our bodies for rest and now you have a list of things that went right for you today to calm our inner critic. You are important and successful in your own life in many ways. Take note of them!
Every day we have an opportunity to be the kind of person that we want to spend time with (after all, we can’t escape ourselves!). What will you do with your successes today?