Success breeds successMia Hamm
Who doesn’t like a little pat on the back once in a while. Heck, who would not like one every day! It is nice to be recognized for an achievement. It gives us a little energy boost, a bit of extra motivation to keep going, to try harder, to overcome obstacles.
Successful leaders know recognition is an important part of keeping a team going. In fact, according to the book How Full is Your Bucket, the number-one reason most Americans leave their jobs is that they don’t feel appreciated.
So, who is the CEO of your well-being? Who is the leader of your weight loss journey? YOU! As a smart leader, who knows you do not want to quit your weight loss goal, how often to do you recognize your achievements?
It can feel self-serving to recognize our own achievements. However, research consistently shows that self-criticism lowers the chance of reaching a goal. Since finding our faults can be a knee-jerk reaction, we need to make it easier to recognize what is going well or we might automatically end up focus only on what is NOT going well.
Here are tips for making this most effective:
- Make it easy. Keep a daily accomplishments list on something easy to access, such as on your phone or in your daily calendar. Every day jot down at least one accomplishment. Whether it is exercising that day, or eating a vegetable, give yourself credit for the achievement.
- In the moment. As soon as you notice an achievement, no matter how small, jot it down so you don’t forget. (enjoy that pat on the back!)
- Be specific. Instead of just saying “good job”, note exactly what you did. You might even make a special note if you overcame a challenge in that achievement. For example, “I did my strength training routine, even though I was tired after work. I felt so much better after!”.
- Connect it with the bigger goal. The more you connect what you are doing with why you are doing it, the more you harness the energy of this goal for you. For example “I exercised after work giving me more energy for playing with my kids, and that is why I want to lose weight, to have energy to play with my kids”.
When looking back on this list, you will find you have a record of what works well for you. This is like finding gold in times when you are struggling, looking for ways to get back on track.
I challenge you to try it for a few days, see how it goes for you. (Give yourself credit for at least trying it). Let me know how it goes!
Keep Moving, Be Well
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effortFranklin D. Roosevelt
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