One of my coaching classes this week posed an interesting question. The instructor asked us when was the last time we acknowledged ourselves and what we do. The call was filled with what felt like a very long silent pause.
I tossed the question around over and over in my mind. When was the last time I acknowledged myself? Had it really been that long ago? It's so easy to acknowledge others for the things, big and small, they are doing in their lives, why was it so rare on my end?
Acknowledgment is not meant to be ego-filled and braggadocios. It's meant to be honoring regarding what we have done and who we are. It's fuel for the journey. I believe it is hugely beneficial to see all the little places you chose in a way that served you. Keeping a record of those things helps for the downer days when you feel like you are moving in the opposite direction of your dreams.
When I started thinking about what I could acknowledge myself for, I thought about the classes I am taking, the balance I am finding between family, work, school, and growing a new business. I thought about the tiny choices I am making like getting a bit more sleep or reaching for a bottle of water instead of a soda. I thought about the recent times I have honored my needs and let my muse have an evening of creative inspiration with me. All those things are choices that make my life better, bit by bit, and step by step.
I took it a bit further and looked at what it took for me emotionally, physically, intellectually, financially, and spiritually to embark on my new coaching adventure. How much time and energy did I put into learning how to build a website and a blog? How much courage did it take to begin working with clients? How much trust did it take to post my thoughts and feelings out in the public by way of my blog? How many times did I have to take a deep breath and reach beyond my shyness to virtually meet others in my classes and various forums? Taking that first step used to be frightening to me.
If you told me years ago, that I would be doing any of the things above, or any number of the things I've included in my life the past few years, I would have thought you were crazy. Me, jump off a zip line at 50+ pounds overweight? I don't think so. Me, white water raft with strangers? Nope, not I. Try to throw pottery and laugh with delight at how funky and unplanned the pieces came out? Me? Nah...I'd be embarrassed, frustrated, and not really willing to do it again. Well, that was the old me. The new me is diving headfirst in to really living...even when it's scary. Even when I have no clue what I'm doing. Even when there's a good chance I won't get it right the first time...or the second...or the third. I think those things are worth acknowledging, don't you?
When was the last time YOU acknowledged yourself? Don't you think now is a great time to start?! It only takes one little bitty success to fuel the fire for another. So grab a pen and paper or your computer and starting writing all those little things (and big things) that you think are movement forward. No step is too small or too large. Each one counts!
If you can't think of anything...contact me. I'd be happy to spend a few minutes with you finding those hidden treasures of success that are oh so worth acknowledging.
Be gentle with yourself, honor your spirit, and have a fabulous day!!