Take Note Of How Far You’ve Come

One thing I am notoriously guilty of is being way too hard on myself.

I’m guessing you can relate 🙂

For those of us who demand excellence and constant improvement from ourselves, it can be easy to forget how far you have come, how much skill you have developed and how many great things you have already accomplished.

I am writing this blog post at the end of a 20 hour marathon type of day. I spent most of the time working except for a short fitness break and a couple of hours with the kids.

As I was reviewing the outstanding items on my to do list, I started feeling disappointed in myself that I wasn’t able to get everything done that I had planned.

But then I started looking at the items I DID finish, and it kind of blew my mind. To give you a quick summary some of the things I accomplished today included:

  • 2 hours focused study on the book Mastery by Robert Greene
  • 1 hour personal thank you and follow up email messages to customers
  • Created, recorded, published and broadcasted a highly in depth 45 minute video training presentation
  • Recorded a 10 part audiobook
  • Recorded a video recap for my monthly members
  • Had a successful sales meeting setting up a webinar presentation for the new year
  • Finally brought my books up to date (something I had been putting off for a month)
  • Now this blog post

I then started thinking back to 4 years ago when I was really struggling in business. I remember creating a similar video training presentation to the 45 minute presentation I mentioned above.

4 years ago, it took me close to a full week of content creation, rework, recording and editing to produce a 45 minute video presentation of equivalent quality.

Today, I pulled it off in a couple of hours while still taking care of a number of other demanding to-do’s on my list.

I quickly realized just how far I have come and I immediately went from a feeling of frustration (from not getting my entire to do list done) to completely proud and excited at the skill I HAVE developed… and feeling even more excited about how much more I intend to grow in the coming years.

Sometimes, you just need to take a few minutes to reward yourself for your accomplishments, pat yourself on the back and celebrate the fact that you have grown by leaps and bounds.

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One Response to Take Note Of How Far You’ve Come

  1. Carl December 4, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    Hey Justin:

    It is so true we can be extremely hard on ourselves…we have to learn to take the time and take stock of our positves…things we probably don’t review enough…your post came as a great reminder to look at the positives in our lives.

    Thanks Justin.
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