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you're amazing It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all. ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

I can be my own enemy. I am very capable of succumbing to my old habit of over-analyzing progress, business and life in general.

During this analysis, it’s very easy to play the self-blame game. You automatically look for what’s not working and things that you could have done better.

It leads to a massive coulda-shoulda-woulda cycle that’s hard to break. Especially if you’re ambitious in any area of your life.

If you’re evaluating your growth for 2013, chances are you’re beating yourself up over things that could have been better. In the struggle for the elusive “trophy”, you forget to acknowledge all that you did┬ádo that no one else could have.

Yes, there is a place for growth, goals and accomplishment (because we’re either green and growing or ripe and rotting!). But before you take the next step, stop beating yourself up and acknowledge what you’ve been blessed with.

So it’s time to pay yourself some much-deserved credit that gets lost in the transition to be more, do more and have more. You’re already doing the best you can with the resources you have.

You’re already awesome in many ways. You’re not perfect (no one is) but equally good at things others dream of. You’re where you’re supposed to be.

Here’s why:

  1. You’re breathing
  2. You get to experience the sunrise and the sunset
  3. You keep on keeping on
  4. You’re blessed with good health
  5. If you make a mistake, you always have an option to apologize and undo the damage
  6. You’ve got someone with whom you can share your dreams and get nostalgic about the past
  7. You’ve got technology at your fingertips
  8. You want to help the needy
  9. You’re ambitious to want to pursue your dreams
  10. You’re the most important person to someone
  11. You’re not afraid to learn the tough lessons of life
  12. You appreciate the small things in life — the chirp of a bird, the crash of a wave, smell of a brand new book
  13. You have a bed to sleep on, a pillow to rest on
  14. You have all the amenities like clean water and electricity that not every soul has
  15. You can step outside your house without fear
  16. You can eat whatever you like (donuts and coffee anyone?)
  17. You’ve fallen in love
  18. You’ve failed, and got up again
  19. You can have a warm bath if you’re cold
  20. You can swim in the oceans if you’re hot
  21. You can travel the world if you wanted to
  22. You’re optimistic enough to be reading this

There exist people who don’t have access to these “givens” listed above. Be thankful and count your blessings as you pursue those big bold dreams.

What else can you add to the list above?

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