An ongoing trend amongst, well humankind really, is the perennial need to criticise ourselves. To focus on the things that we haven’t achieved, that we don’t like about ourselves, or that we’re not very good at in some desperate bid to stay humble, not let our ego’s take over and heaven forbid sound as though we actually like ourselves.
I myself am constantly to blame for this. In every single situation, rather than thanking someone for a compliment or owning something that I’ve done well in work, instead I will disagree, lambast myself, and put myself down in front of others. I’m really not sure why I do it. When you think about it in a little more depth, if I was such a terrible person or so awful at my job why would I have people who love me, and why would my boss keep me on?
Therefore, in a time of extreme stress when my mental health is quite low, I thought it was about time I focus on the things I’m proud of myself for, the things I do well, the things I like about myself and the things I’m proud of myself for.
- I beat the worst of my anxiety and against all the odds I achieved my dream of getting a great marketing job and moving to London and proved myself to everyone that didn’t believe in me.
- Somehow, I still don’t know how, despite the lack of funds and the months of stress and worry, I’ve successfully navigated my first year in the big city and actually managed to come out the other side of it more than a shadow of my former self.
- In 2017, I have so far read 27 books. I mean, I knew that I could do it – I set myself the challenge of reading 65 this year and I am well on my way but still. 27 and it’s only May.
- I came off my anti-depressants cold turkey. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my amazing counsellor, but I did it and to this day I will be eternally grateful to her.
- My Dad died in my second year of college, yet somehow a month later I still passed all of my A Levels.
- Every day that goes past, I feel more and more on top of my work in the office. There are some days where I do genuinely feel like I can’t do right for doing wrong and I’m a completely flustered mess, but those days are less and less and the days where I strut around the office feeling like a total girl boss are fortunately increasing.
- I’ve improved my relationships with my family over recent years. They were never terrible, but Mum and I definitely used to argue a lot more than we do now. I think moving away has shown me how much I appreciate her and how much she does for me.
- My blog is growing – slower than I’d like, but it’s still growing. I’m proud of how far it’s come and I’m proud of how hard I’m working. The direct result of that is that my content is maturing and becoming much higher quality.
- Identifying my weaknesses – I know this sounds like a weirdly negative one for such a positive post, but I’m proud that I can now not only identify my weaknesses, but also identify how I can improve upon them. The main one being my financial situation, followed by the relationship I have with my body.
- I am a creative person. I’m proud of my creativity and how I choose to manifest it through my blog, my videos and my writing. Sometimes I’m frustrated that my strengths don’t lie in something “practical” like maths where I could earn a crazy good salary and be one of those academic types, but that just isn’t me and I’m pleased to earn my crazy creative label instead. I may not understand numbers, but I can still hustle just as hard as those that can.
Embrace the positivity, tell me one thing you’re proud of yourself for in the comments below. Let’s spread the self love.
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