Self Esteem:  Acknowledging What You Have Done

Minutes turn into hours; hours into days; days into weeks into months into years.  And before you know it, you have 1,176 weeks left of life (now 1,167) and wonder what have I done?

Last week’s post (Next Up in My Journey: Self-Esteem) I learned self-accomplishments aids in improving self-esteem, but when I start to look back on what I’ve accomplished, I’m a deer in headlights.   Anything worth noting is lost somewhere in my memories and my day-to-day activities seem so menial.  I found little to guide me on how to identify my life’s accomplishments. Where to begin?

Intuitively, I began to reflect on each decade of my life.  The results of this exercise left me with overall statements or facts about me.  Are these life accomplishments?

  • I influence others to follow me
  • Graduated from high school
  • Survived a binge drinker parent
  • Married the love of my life
  • Advanced in my career without higher education
  • Purchased first home and assumed the responsibility of being the main income provider
  • Gave birth and absorbed myself in family life while continuing to advance at work
  • Purchased a house in an affluent area while being the main financial provider
  • Started a kid’s environmental club at the local library
  • Caregiver for ailing parents and held up being a mother, wife and valued employee
  • Wrote a book
  • Earned my SVP title
  • Assumed the family lead between sisters and handled mental health issues of one sister
  • Both children graduated from college and have successful jobs

In reviewing these accomplishments, I see that I am a strong woman who rises to any challenge and succeeds even outside of her realm.  I also see a lot of devotion to family and work and thankful I am slowing down at work to finally focus on me.

This feels good.  Really good.  I am proud of myself and what I accomplished.

Weeks of life left:  1,167

Image by Engin Akyurt from Pixabay

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