Last week, we focused on success and brought clarity to some misconceptions we have about it. This week, we will deepen this work through journaling.
Get out your journal and do this exercise:
Name three people you consider to be successful.
Write down one adjective for each one that describes them.
Now, let’s think about how you can implement your vision of successful people and their qualities into your daily practice. One way to do this is to focus on what you’ve already accomplished rather than what you want/wish/hope to do, which puts you into a self-critical mode again. (See last week’s post for more insights on this.)
Go back to the adjectives you wrote down, and for each one, write down something that you have done in your life that had this quality.
Maybe one of your adjectives is “brave.” And maybe when you were younger, you switched schools in order to attend a school that would give you opportunities you couldn’t get in the school you were attending. So write that event down.
See how different it feels to focus on your accomplishments rather than your goals? You might even be feeling (dare I say it?) optimistic!
By focusing on your accomplishments, you are increasing your sense of self-worth, and that increases the flow and ease of your success.
Each day this week, focus on those 3 qualities and ask yourself what you can do today to make you feel these qualities.
“What can I do to feel brave, determined, and focused?”
“What can I do to feel driven, disciplined, and creative?”
“What can I do to feel joyful, experimental, and strong?”
What are your 3 qualities for success?
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