I am notoriously hard on myself. It can be my greatest flaw and my greatest asset all at the same time.
If I wasn’t sort of hard on myself, I don’t think I would be as ambitious as I am. However, this quality also tends to make me rob myself of accomplishments.
Let’s take running, for example. When I was racing, I would finish each race, celebrate, and look for a new one to take on. Good, because I stayed so ambitious. Bad, though, because it was almost like each race wasn’t good enough.
Awhile back, my sister-in-law got me this cute little notebook.
Inside it, she wrote, “May this book clear your head so your heart can be full.”
Not one to veer off of an assignment, I started thinking of ways to put this book to good use. Finally, I decided to use it as a reminder of my successes. I started with a list of my biggest ones, basically to knock them out of the way. From then on, the journal focused more on small, everyday successes.
Each night (well, probably more like 2 or 3 nights a week), I would jot down just three successes from the day. I’ve done things like:
- I worked hard, but relaxed as well.
- I didn’t beat myself up over a bad workout.
- I was honest.
- I chose what I needed rather than what I was “supposed” to do.
- I appreciated my body.
So, why am I sharing this with you? What does this have to do with exercise and healthy living?
Well, everything, but I’ll be a little more specific.
How many of us finish a workout, and leave focusing on what we couldn’t do? Or get on the scale later on and feel like whatever we did wasn’t enough?
Progress comes in steps, and this success journal helps me put everything into perspective by forcing me to change my mindset of something not being “good enough” and looking at what was a positive step within it.
So, my challenge to you is to take a little time right now to write down 3 of your successes from this week so far. I’d love for you to share them in the comments if you’re comfortable!
Give this little journal a shot and see the difference it can make in your perspective and your self-talk!