The last post in this series was a challenge to face the toughest lessons learned in the past year, but today, I think it is critical to make note of the successes of the year. Success is defined in many ways, but you should focus on those accomplishments that were empowering, moments where you felt you were smart, strong, able, and successful. Focus on the small moments that made a difference and the larger moments that made an impact. From the relationships in your life, to school, career, health, and anything else you value, find your successes. Make a list you can be proud of because success is found everywhere and it makes you stronger. This list will help you find ways to build on what you have accomplished.
Remember that success is not always what you think. Save your list because when we get to making resolutions in a few days, it will be a critical element in making a list that is relevant.
Here are a few of the successes that made it to my list. Perhaps it will help you get started.
1. I was nominated for a Best of the Crest award at my college.
2. I was chosen for a scholarship from Executive Women International, and a Philanthropic Educational Organization grant.
3. I was chosen to represent the college at the PLEN conference in Washington, D.C. this March.
4. I was asked to be a speaker at the Scholarship Celebration Dinner for Cedar Crest College this Fall, and I did so well, I was then asked to give the same speech at the Ginko Society Luncheon.
5. I have worked hard to build a stronger relationship with my son who is struggling in high school right now.
6. I have paid extra money towards my car in an attempt to pay it off and I am almost at my goal.
7. I have worked to build this blog and my other social media accounts into something I can be proud of, something that represents the positive thinking I have adopted as well as my thoughts on advocacy and leadership.
8. I have lost 33 pounds over the past 4 months and have maintained a healthier lifestyle.
This is just a start, and I will continue to build my list. I challenge everyone to come up with at least 10 items for your list.