Tomorrow starts a new month, allowing us to look back and see what has been accomplished toward goals or dreams. It can be daunting to think how much you could have done or would like to have completed. Often, I feel pressure that I have not achieved enough.
Guess what? Whatever you did this past month is terrific, fine, worthwhile, and perfect. I have to admit that evil thoughts of being a fraud, or a lazy person, creeps in when I realize what little progress I have made toward my goals. Yet, those goals are self-imposed and the evil thoughts are totally unnecessary!
It is summed up nicely by Dr. Seuss, "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." *
Theodor Seuss "Ted" Geisel was the author of more than 60 books, and his first children’s book was rejected 27 times before it was published in 1937.** He could have quit, but instead, he took it in stride and kept moving forward. By his passing in the late 1990s, his books had sold more than 200 million copies.** If you are doing great or even if you're stuck, take heart as Dr. Seuss did, and start fresh tomorrow.
Try this - Three Pats on Your Back
Consider the goal or dream that you created for 2021 that you wanted to achieve. Now, every day this week, celebrate at least three things you DID do toward it. To get you started, list these:
- One physical step you took (like conducted research, created an Excel tracking document, or gathered resources)
- A phone call you made or email you wrote to discuss your goal/dream (could have been to a friend, mentor, coach, or expert)
- A webinar or Zoom class you took to learn new ideas (things that will help you gain traction)
Giving yourself a pat on the back is great motivation to keep going, even if just a few small steps. By the way, my favorite was his best-seller, "Oh the Places You Will Go," and fits to think of the places we are destined to go, right?
*** New York Times article regarding Dr Seuss book sales: https://www.nytimes.com/1994/04/22/business/the-media-business-dr-seuss-rights-are-sold.html