Saturday, November 3, 2007

Creating Your Ta-Da List!

“I’d rather be small and shine, than big and cast a shadow.” Unknown

When it comes to success, many of us loose site of just how much have accomplished in a day, a week, a month, a year and even a lifetime. How good are you at celebrating your successes? Or do you tend to focus on your faults and failures more? A wise woman once said “We must learn from our mistakes. However don’t let them consume you or you will never achieve greatness.

Celebrate your successes no matter how small or trivial they may seem. After all, that is where the real joy in life comes from.”Here are some ways you can review and celebrate your successes.

As the year comes to a close, look back at the last several months and make a list of 20 accomplishments. This may be difficult for you to do as you review the past year. You may only come up with 5 or 10 things. That’s okay! Start there. Add to it as you think of more. Ask your family and friends what they think you have accomplished. You will be amazed at how quickly your list will grow.

The next thing to do is to start writing down all the things you accomplished each day. At the end of the day, list 2-5 (or more) things that you accomplished that day (no matter how trivial they may seem).

You can buy a simple journal and call it your Success Journal. Keep it near you at all times so that when you have reached one of your goals, a milestone or accomplished a simple task, it is handy for you to write in.

The Ta-da list is a great counterbalance for your to-do list and you will find that you have accomplished more than you thought you had. In addition, the ta-da list creates an emotional spark to your soul often giving you the encouragement you need to keep on keeping on with the goals you have set for yourself.

And finally, when you have 5-10 things on your list (or even one) REWARD YOURSELF! Go to the spa, get a manicure, take half a day off, go to a museum, buy a new pair of shoes J (my personal favorite) and remember to pat yourself on the back. I have one friend who every time she accomplished a major goal, she bought herself a trophy! The “AWARDS” guy loved her… She has so many now that she spends the money on supporting worthy causes. This makes her feel good and she spreads her success around.

To your Success!


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