Here is a question for you: When was the last time you sat down and acknowledged yourself for what you’ve accomplished, overcome, realized about yourself, contributed to others, etc. – in the last few months, and even the last several years?
Do you have a memory of this – or is the answer – not so much. Or never?
If you haven’t been making it a ritual to acknowledge yourself and how much progress and contribution you make every day – and every year – then I highly recommend making this a new habit in your life.
Most of us were brought up to believe that to acknowledge yourself for anything means that you’re
a show-off, know-it-all, or you’re self-absorbed. And as a result of this, there is a subconscious fear and message running like a tape drive in your mind saying – whatever you do, it’s never going to be enough, and it’s not that big of a deal.
I remember reading a story years back about Oprah and how she was tangled up in some subconscious beliefs around her weight. The story went on to explain a deeper block that she held which was: If I’m too much they won’t like me – I can’t be pretty too and have all this!
What got revealed in that story was that Oprah was brought up to not make a big deal about her achievements because her elders wanted her to remain humble. And in Oprah’s case, this was a true gift as she took things in stride and didn’t allow her success to go to her head.
However, Oprah herself discovered that by not making a big deal about her successes, and not acknowledging herself for what’s she’s been able to do and contribute, she was denying an aspect of herself and not fully owning who she really is.
The point is – when you deny and shove away what is truly special and unique about you – and how magnificent you really are – you deny your soul the opportunity to shine.
Your goal then is – in order to continue to become – more of your True Self – radiant, joyful, confident, courageous, glowing, proud, secure – you must get into the habit of honoring yourself – who you are, what you’ve done, and what you have within you.
It isn’t arrogant to honor and acknowledge yourself – because when you do – you’re honoring a deeper part of you – and forging a stronger bond to your internal guide, your inner wisdom, and connection with your True Source.
Check-out the Worthy Work below for some tips on how to give yourself more credit and acknowledge your uniqueness so you can continue to shine and realize your full potential!
This week make an effort to carve-out two hours of private time to sit with your journal and get ready for some acknowledgement and honoring of yourSELF.
First start with the short-term progress and take inventory of the last 3 months. What have you been through?
You may think – I’ve been through some serious struggle and haven’t been able to accomplish what I need to. But this isn’t truth – the truth is – your ability to endure, your ability to become stronger – should all be honored and acknowledged – as well as your accomplishments. Document and honor them all.
Then, do the same exercise for the last year. Where were you a year ago? What has changed? How have you changed? What do you want to honor yourself for?
Then, take a big look back to 5 years ago – how much has changed since then. Are you a different person than you were back then? If so, how so? What do you want/need to acknowledge and honor yourself for? What makes you really proud of yourself?
Document and take inventory of all these – because truly – this is part of the Art of Growing Up – both in how you see yourself, how others see you, but most importantly, how you literally grow up – in your own awareness of your True Self – and how much you’ve been given, and how much you have to truly give.
I’m going to get started this week, what about you?
Have a beautiful and worthy week!
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