We live in a world of calendars, agendas, to do lists, appointments, multi-tasking, balancing personal and professional lives and the need to cram as much as possible into 24 hours. Phew! Most of us feel that our level of accomplishment is in direct correlation to how much we value and how good we feel about ourselves. The more we accomplish the better we are as people. For the most part, we focus on the big stuff, the visible stuff, the stuff that others will notice. Most of it is tied to our place of work for what we do at home seems pretty boring and normal.
If you are on vacation, self-employed, in transition or looking for work, I want to change your view of accomplishment by 180 degrees. Someone asks you: “What did you do today?” You say: “Nothing.” Hopefully, you will feel very pleased with yourself that you took a day to do nothing. However, I suspect that you may find that feelings of self-loathing and embarrassment come over you. I remember having lunch with a former colleague who often asked me what I did all day. If you look closely at what you’re accomplishing now you may find that you are accomplishing a lot each and every day.
This may sound corny but it’s the simple things, the things you consider boring and normal, the things that you think the rest of the world does with ease that are the real accomplishments. Every morning when you wake up, you start by making a choice. Being out of bed is an accomplishment. Making and eating breakfast is an accomplishment. Completing your workout or early morning routine is an accomplishment. Getting yourself ready for the day is an accomplishment. Your daily routine is filled with accomplishments and we’re just getting started. Then there are all of the other things you accomplish throughout the day that are a result of unanticipated events or opportunities that come your way. So from now on, I want you to look at everything you do regardless of how small and insignificant it may seem as an accomplishment. There may be days and I’m sure you’ve had them when getting through the day is the greatest accomplishment of all.