Be Proud of your journey.
Updated: Feb 10
As human beings we are always looking to accomplish more, achieve more and hit more milestones. Although it is good to challenge yourself and set new goals, it is also important and crucial that you do not lose sight of all the hard work and everything that you have managed to achieve thus far. During your pursuit of getting to the next level, take a step back and be proud of how far you have come in life. A lot people lose sight of all the achievements they have accomplished, at times they are too hard on themselves because they have not accomplished the next goal and their self-worth and happiness depends on these accolades. I have spoken to countless individuals that have achieved so many great things in life; however they don’t seem happy or content. I had to point out everything that they have accomplished already and let them know what an amazing job they are doing. It wasn’t once I started listing all of the milestones and goals that they have reached, that they started to feel better about themselves and where they were in life. Trust me when I say it is so easy to get wrapped up in the future, that we lose sight of the present moment and all the glory it holds. Every single person has something to be grateful for, it is important to not lose sight of how far you have come. However this does not mean that you do not work hard to reach your future goals, it just means to slow down, be present and be proud of all that you have managed to do and everything that you are working on doing.
Being proud of yourself increases your self worth, you are able to celebrate yourself and know that you got to where you are because you are capable and worthy of it. Being self aware and having gratitude for what is instead of what could be, makes you become more content with your life. A lot of people are not able to be proud of their journey because they are constantly comparing themselves to others. They are always looking at what they next person has and their accomplishments all of the sudden seem small. However if you are comparing yourself to others, you will never have enough because truth of the matter is that someone will always have more than you. That is why it is important to look inwards and never compare yourself to others, everything is not as it seems, you don’t know the struggles others face daily and you don’t know the hard work someone has put in to get to where they are. Every single person you meet is on their own individual journey. You don’t know the path someone else is on, always focus your energy on bettering yourself and focus on YOUR journey.
I use to be one of those people that constantly looked to achieve more and once I completed one goal I was off to the next, looking back I rarely took a pause and just celebrated my achievements. And it wasn’t until I started practicing daily gratitude that I was able to see all my accomplishments big and small. I realized that I was letting life flee from me by constantly wanting to go into the next chapter in life without enjoying the current chapter. I took a pause and was just still and in that stillness I was able to appreciate how far I have come and I learned to celebrate every victory. This has increased my self esteem; it has made me be so appreciative and content with my life. I realized that I was letting life slip away by constantly living in the future and not being fully present. There was a lot of times looking back that I wish I took the time to celebrate and just take in the moment and everything that was in front of me. I have learned to celebrate myself and be proud of all my accomplishments thus far.
I know there are a lot of people out there that have become too wrapped up in achieving the next goal that they forget to live in the present moment and enjoy all the accomplishments they already have. It is vital and important to focus on all that you have while working on your next goal. It is so crucial to have gratitude for everything that you have in your live, do not let life pass you by because you are constantly focused on getting to the next destination that you don’t take the time to appreciate the journey that brought you to the present moment. My advice to you is to celebrate after each milestone big or small and most importantly be proud of yourself.
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