Some of us look at other people’s accomplishments and ask ourselves, “What have I done?” Then, you feel like crap, sit and mope about it until you talk to someone or turn on a funny movie, have a glass of wine or go for a run. And, not usually in that order because you shouldn’t run after you’ve had a glass of wine. Trust me, I’ve tried it. In fact I quit drinking which has made me feel very accomplished as I am able to produce a lot more work and heal my broken relationships, but this article is not about that.
When I was 21, I had this grand plan that I would be married by the time I was 24, have my first child by the time I was 26, my own business by age 27 (tops) and have my second child at age 28. Okay, well guess what? I am 26 and I am not married and do not own my own business. Furthermore, I do not have or want a boyfriend at this moment. So, yes, things change. The plan I had for myself at the age of 21 is not what unfolded by age 26.
Believe it or not, everything has turned out better than I had planned. Many times when we feel “meh”, it is because of self-doubt and distrust we have in the way things work in this world. As long as you are working, and being honest you have little to worry about.
Although, you must know that wanting more and striving to be better, stronger, wiser and more successful is good.
It’s good to be a better person, a better mom, father, friend, sister, brother, co-worker, leader, whatever if is that you are, there is always greatness that can be achieved. That greatness comes from within though so it’s important to stop looking around on the outside so much and look within yourself. Look at how much you have changed over the years or even the past 6 months. Hopefully you are making better decisions than you were then and you are more put together. If not, it’s time to make some changes, and that’s okay too.
Here are a few things you can do to help yourself realize what you have accomplished and to be inspired and motivated.
1. Look through your photos.
Relive some of those memories, vacations and journeys. People you’ve met, places you’ve been and the things you’ve seen.
2. Go for a run/walk/hike alone.
Get outside and enjoy nature with your thoughts.
3. Turn up the music.
Listen to something that makes you feel good.
4. Avoid negative people.
Seriously. Ignore them. (Exs: block them)
5. Write in a journal.
Track your goals and accomplishments. This is also a great way to write down your experiences and new ideas!
6. Call a family member or your best friend.
Make time to catch up and share some laughs.
7. Make a to-do list for the next day.
Be simple and realistic. Keep it short.
8. Read a chapter in the book you’ve been trying to finish for 6 months now, but haven’t been able to because your brain is so scattered, and you’ve been feeling so overwhelmed and busy with other things.
9. Clean your house/apartment.
10. Clean out old files (from your desk, phone, etc.) that you no longer need.
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