Day Four - Start By Looking Back And Seeing How Far You’ve Come

In spite of those areas where you struggle, do you ever look back and acknowledge all that you have done? Taking time to reflect can make all the difference.

Realizing how far I’ve come and how much I can actually accomplish (when I put my mind to it), is always a HUGE confidence booster for me. Just realizing that I have done it, encourages me to try again.  (Surely, if I can do it once, I can do it again...right?)

I’m sure it’s no different for you.

To be honest, there’s a lot each and every one of us have done over the past few days, weeks, and even years that we can be proud of.

Yet we often don’t see it.

There always seems to be so much left on the to-do list and to be perfectly honest, the stuff we didn’t do, or the things we failed at often stand out much more than our successes.  Can I truly be honest here, when I failed, I often threw in the towel, and didn't want to attempt that task again.

It’s time to change our perspective and focus on the wins and how far we’ve come already. When we do this, our mindset shifts, and our motivation (and CONFIDENCE!) increases.  

Reflection and Gratitude

The simplest way to make sure you see and notice what you’ve accomplished and how far you’ve come is to get in the habit of spending a few minutes either in the morning or right before bed for reflection and gratitude.

When you wake up in the morning, before you jump out of bed, while you’re drinking that first cup of coffee, or even while you’re taking your shower, think about what you’ve accomplished and what you’re grateful for.

This morning habit sets a positive and confident tone for the whole day ahead. If that doesn’t work for you, try it at night, before you fall asleep. Make it a daily habit and watch your confidence grow.

Better yet, just reflect on all that the Lord has brought you through…all that he has allowed you to accomplish…how he protected you and guided you through the trials and temptations of life.  Remember that popular church song, “when I think of the goodness of Jesus and all he has done for me…I could dance, dance, dance, dance all night!” When we think of His goodness, we should find a place of peace and confidence...that surely, if he has done it before, he can do it again. 

Those feelings should ignite our gratitude…just by reflecting on His goodness and what he has done in us, through us, and by us.

Journaling And Habit Trackers

If you’re like me, then you're the type of person who needs to see it in black and white.   That is why I love to journal and maybe you will want to give journaling a try. Spend a few minutes each day writing down your wins.

If you’re trying to establish better habits, try a habit tracker. You basically set up a grid with the habits you want to establish and little check boxes next to them. Grid paper and excel spreadsheets work well for this. Then, as you complete your habit for the day, you get to check it off. It can be very motivating to see those checkmarks on your habit tracker after you have accomplished your goals.

With the journal, make it a point to go back and review your wins on a regular basis and of course whenever you need a little boost of self-esteem and confidence. Look online for plenty of journaling and habit tracker ideas. Give the ones that look good a try and come up with a system that works for you. 

Often times, just seeing it written makes us see it in black and white, what the Lord has done.  We have a written record of God’s faithfulness and your own accomplishment.

Your Own Personal Cheerleader

Last but not least, consider getting your own personal cheerleader. Find a good friend or family member who’s encouraging already and ask them to cheer you on. Give them a call whenever you’re feeling low, or don’t want to do something so they can encourage you and cheer you on to give you that boost of confidence to do what you need to do. Of course, they should also help you by pointing out how much you’ve accomplished already.

Sometimes having someone in your corner, cheering you on, makes all the difference whether you will take a risk or not.  There is nothing wrong with accountability with some encouragement thrown in with it.

Today's Homework Assignment:

1.Develop a morning or nightime routine where you reflect on moments of gratitude.  Make a list of five things you are grateful for that day.

2. Begin journalling...if you don't already.  Write down your daily wins...just what you have accomplished and begin to keep track of those habits (like doing those daily scary things!) every day.

3. Ask a friend or coach to be your cheerleader...someone to keep you encouraged and to support you when things get difficult. There's nothing like having someone in your corner, when you feel like you want to quit...and you KNOW there is someone who want let you give up!

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