What would make you feel proud of yourself? This question came to me after thoroughly enjoying the Tokyo Olympics that just closed yesterday. Those athletes had worked so hard for years to get to Tokyo, either to win a gold, silver, or bronze medal….or not. Either way, they hopefully were proud of earning a spot at the Olympics.
Every athlete made a decision years before to excel in a sport. Some had aspirations of Olympic success and some seemed shocked that they were invited to perform among the best in the world.
They all had made a choice to devote hours and days and weeks and months and years to be the best that they could be in a particular skill set. They probably felt proud of themselves every day that they got just a little bit faster or felt a little bit stronger. Maybe they began to win some local matches in swimming or skateboarding or rock climbing or whatever sport they had chosen.
What are the times in your life when you felt proud? Earning a certificate, diploma, or license? Walking three times around the block? Trying a new recipe that was delicious? Getting your classroom ready for the new class? Landscaping a portion of your yard? Strength training? Putting an outfit together that got compliments?
Think of an accomplishment that you would like to tackle. The goal doesn’t have to be long-term, like qualifying for the Olympics. A short-term goal like rearranging your living room can be done quickly, so you get a feeling of self-satisfaction within a few days.
Little changes like buying a new candle or plant or a new shower curtain can perk up a room and perk up your mood. I spend a lot of time in my office. I have a desk by a window where I do creative writing, like this blog and the memoir that I plan to finish this month. Larry brought home an oak desk that an acquaintance no longer wanted. My step-son sanded it and put a coat of polyurethane on it, so it looks brand new. I positioned my lamp, laptop, notes, and pen on the desk top and organized the drawer. The pride I feel motivates me to spend even more time in my office.
What could you do that would bring a smile to your face and put a spring in your step?
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