Self Esteem – Making Mountains From Your Molehills

At the new year, I talked about making a Personal Annual Review (PAR) and if you’ve not read that post then I’d strongly recommend it.  Let’s face it I published it so I obviously thought it was an interesting topic.

The PAR was all about thinking about the last 12 months and taking from it everything that you should feel good about.  Yes, its always good to acknowledge those learning points, but what we’re so often in danger of doing is ignoring all that great stuff we’ve achieved.  And if you haven’t yet done so, we are only in February its not to late.

But this week I want to take that one stage further and think about what we’ve achieved in life so far and create a timeline.  It can be a real self esteem booster.  If you’re creative you may want to draw, or colour it.  I have a love for the outdoors.  My timeline consists of mountains and valleys.  My mountains are things like getting my first job, getting married, starting my business etc. All pretty obvious, but what about some of those smaller events.  That moment when you went to a party and everyone complemented you or you did your first ever presentation at work.  Take some time over this and really think about it and you may need to get a bigger piece of paper.

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Mountains and timelines may not do it for you, so you could try a different approach.  A spider diagram or you could tell a story and record it.

It really doesn’t matter as long as its personal to you and positive.  And the real key is to keep it alive.  Use it.  Pin it on your desk, listen to it but don’t lock it in a drawer and always always celebrate those successes.

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