Be proud of yourself for being the best that you can be.

Happy New Year 2014!

As each year comes to an end we think about our failures, what went wrong, troubled times and other depressing thoughts. Then we write a list of resolutions for the New Year, which probably won’t be kept past the first month. The ideas are admirable. Carrying them out is often not realistic.

I suggest we think about the good things from 2013, the happy events, the loving people and the successes.

What were your greatest accomplishments during 2013?

Your personal perception might label these happenings to be small or huge or anywhere in-between. The value is not in the size of the progress but in the rewards from being successful. Mentally review and then write about the positive outcomes from 2013.
As the song reminds us – accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.

A woman told me she donated three years worth of hair extensions in order to accept herself as her true natural self, which is a silver sage. A man told me he enrolled in and passed a first college class at his current age 81. A co-worker succeeded in saving enough money to buy an expensive gold wrist watch from a wish list that she wrote every year for the past seven years.

I am proud of myself for two huge accomplishments this year. I eliminated 54 pounds off my body in 2013. (I don’t say Losing weight because that means I’ll find it again. No thank you!) It’s helpful to value quality over quantity. The progress highlighted the reality that I’m a work in progress!

The second greatest accomplishment for me was to write book #5. Having an encore career, after an unexpected retirement, has given me a new focus on life to concentrate on motivational writings to help myself and others.

Now it’s your turn. What were your 2013 achievements?

Be proud of yourself for being the best that you can be.

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