glassesWhat do you plan to accomplish this year? What did you accomplish last year? The year before?

These are all questions I recently posed to myself. I mean, I created some 2014 resolutions, but lately I’ve still been feeling stagnant. I was feeling like nothing was happening for me. And yes I realize it’s just January 28th. For me though, I’ve always been one of those people who have to constantly see some progress, whether it be big or small. I’ve also been one of those people who move so quickly to the next goal after achieving another that I don’t really take in and appreciate what I have accomplished.

At least that was until yesterday. As of yesterday, I made a cognitive decision to be as appreciative of things I have accomplished and be realistic in my anticipation of what I’m after for my next goal. How did I do this? Well, first I had to realize that I’d actually achieved quite a bit in 2013. And I realized it by making a list. Yes, I made a list. To some, it can seem so cliché to say, ‘write it down’, but the saying is so true. You have to sometimes write things down to really see what has been done. And so I did. I wrote down everything I considered an accomplishment from 2012 and 2013. The big, the small, and everything in between. I even went further and wrote down what I plan to accomplish this year. It wasn’t quite a new year’s resolution, but more like an action plan for what I wanted to see come to fruition. Every year I always have an idea of what I want to get done, but I do more thinking about it, than writing it down. I may write down an actual plan for something as I begin to embark upon it, but rarely do I, at the beginning of any year, clearly list out what I hope to say I’ve done by the next year.

What I gained from the list was very rewarding. After looking back at my previous year personal and work calendars, FB posts, pictures, etc. I realized that I’d accomplished a lot. The list immediately brought a calm over my spirit. Even without having made a list last year, I realized that I was capable of creating a goal and actually seeing them to fruition. It took LOOKING at my list or LOOKING at my achievements to really appreciate what I’d done. I finished the list feeling more encouraged, less doubtful, less anxious, and more confident about what 2014 will have in store. I know this revelation just took place for me on yesterday, but I at least now have a reference point for any future doubtful moments.

As you continue this year and those to come, I encourage you to stop and smell the roses. Appreciate ALL the goals that you accomplish. Heck, I’d even say appreciate those that you haven’t quite achieved, but still plan on doing so. It’s all a process. Write down what you want from life. Make it come to life by SEEING it in black and white. For me, it made all the difference for how I’m going to approach 2014 and I feel confident that it will do the same for you.