We are often told to set ourselves goals. Whether it is the day-to-day to-do list to get things done, or the five-year plan to pave our way to success, goals and an action plan are the recommended starting point.
And, for the most part, this is true. But I argue that there's more to scripting a favourable life story than just setting goals.
One such thing is to recognise what has already been accomplished. Our achievements are just as important as our goals. The one provides us with the energy to keep moving forward, while the other sets the direction that we should move towards.
Whether it's the risks we took, the successes we've had, or the heartbreaks we have overcome, these and many more important milestones throughout our lifespan should be remembered and drawn on when we most need to. They provide the willpower and confidence to keep going, especially when we feel demotivated and want to give up.
David Joseph Schwartz once said:
“The person determined to achieve maximum success learns the principle that progress is made one step at a time. A house is built one brick at a time. Football games are won a play at a time. A department store grows bigger one customer at a time. Every big accomplishment is a series of little accomplishments.”
Recognise your accomplishments. Take pride in them. Be grateful for them. And, know that through hard work and determination, everything else will fall into place.