Self-awareness is the foundation of success in life. Learning from successes can boost your self-esteem and self-awareness because you can learn more about yourself and your strengths. Too often we get lost in the hyper-speed of today’s society and the challenges that confront us at work and home to really remember that we have had successes in the past.
Everyone excels in at least one area (generally more than one area). When you understand self-awareness, this can help you to learn where your best skills lie and to do more activities that enable you to leverage these advanced skills more often.
Whenever you do something well, you feel a sense of accomplishment. Pride, and confidence surge in you because you could achieve something that ideally helped yourself and others. In many cases, you were the best person for the task and were more easily able to achieve it than other people would have. Therefore, other people will look up to you because you were able to complete the task and/or achieve the feat so quickly and easily as compared to others.
When you are having a difficult time or struggling with challenges, it is important to look back upon your successes and realize that you have the capability of doing great things and succeeding at whatever you are doing. Sometimes, life “throws us a curveball” that makes us uncomfortable and causes us to struggle a bit with tasks that we are not used to completing and have a hard time completing at a high level.
The key is that we must remember that especially during these difficult times, we have the capability to adapt and succeed. Build a library of those times when you’ve had successes, especially those tasks that others struggled and they called upon you to do them.
You can do this via journaling or some other method of documenting the successes because our memories can falter or be distorted after a period. Pay attention to the details so when the time comes you can assign credit where it is due. In my opinion, every success I have will be associated with another person or group who helped in the execution. This helps you build them up also.
Whether it was an issue with a computer or electronic device, an item at home that needed repairing, or just offering helpful advice to someone dealing with a situation you dealt with before, you could succeed where others couldn’t or would have a harder time succeeding.
Reflecting on your past successes and realizing you have the capability to adapt and do many tasks well, you will realize that whatever present challenge you’re facing can be overcome as well.
Reflecting and celebrating past successes is a great foundation for expanding your self-awareness and self-esteem but don’t fall into the trap of spending your time focusing on the past. It is meant to be an inspiration not a crutch.
To be more successful, just focus on the task at hand, utilize the lessons you’ve learned from having past successes, and put the skills and effort in to overcome the present challenge.
By taking time to reflect and learn from your past successes, you can keep your self-esteem intact during times of great difficulty and be able to overcome virtually any challenge that comes your way.
Be mindful and intentional in all that you do today and tomorrow will be rich and rewarding.
Source by Ronald McIntyre
Dr. Ravindra Aher
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