On a blank piece of paper, word doc, or wall you don’t mind writing on…name 100 things you have done in your life you are proud of.
Now, if you are anything like me, the moment you sit down to do this you feel a drip of sweat come off your brow and your palms become clammy. You suddenly cannot think of a single thing you are proud of…this usually follows suit with a racing heart, doodling some weird stick figure guy while your mind wanders, then finally crumbling up the paper and forgetting you ever tried to do this assignment.
Don’t be that guy/girl
This is a simple exercise to help you get your mind flowing and helping you realize you can do whatever you put your mind to. They don’t have to be big accomplishments either. Heck, I put down on my list trying eel at a sushi restaurant for my first time eating sushi. I didn’t eat sushi again for another 2 years, but thats besides the point. Below is a list of items you can find on my list to help get you started.
- passed my drivers license test (without killing anyone I might add)
- Received my high school diploma
- was student of the month in elementary school
- Moved to a different country
- studied abroad in Italy
- went sky diving
- learned to drive a manual vehicle
These obviously don’t have to be the same for you (especially if you haven’t passed your drivers test…I’m not judging you, promise) they are examples and can be at any age in your life. If you became clean from drugs or alcohol, that is huge success. If you planted a garden and have kept your plants alive, thats a feat I have yet to accomplish so my hat goes off to you. Whatever you have accomplished, big or small, write it down.
This may take you awhile so don’t feel obligated to fill in all 100 at once. I know 100 seems like a big number but I bet if you think long enough, you can fill 100 items within one year of your life. This homework assignment, in the end, will show you how many things you have accomplished and how little this new goal is in comparison to what you have already done.
I hope you find this little exercise useful and please share your favorite accomplishments on the comments section below!