By Michael Angier
Forget Your Failings—Focus on Your Feats
It seems to be human nature to remember the things we messed up more than we do the things we did well. Most of us tend to focus on what’s wrong rather than on what’s right.
Even people with positive attitudes fall into the trap of discounting their successes and inflating their failings.
The fact is, we’re being programmed all the time, and most of it isn’t helpful. Problems, negative news, complaints and criticisms get more of our attention than accomplishments, good news and compliments.
The wise person understands
this and takes charge of his or her
programming. They use affirmations, they visualize and they listen to good
tapes and read good books. They hang out with positive, supportive people.
These two lists are: your “Win List” and your “Significant Accomplishments List”.
One of the things my Diamond Team is beginning to document are their accomplishments. This helps them to increase their focus on their progress and help other members of the team be more motivated and inspired.
The team is just getting started and already their progress is substantial. See for yourself. You can view the public list of some of these wins at http://successnet.org/diamond/winlist.htm
I highly suggest that you start YOUR Win List today. Begin tracking all the good things that happen to you, the things you fix and overcome, the goals achieved, new clarities, etc.
The Significant Accomplishments List is important, too. It may take awhile to recollect all the things you’ve achieved and list them for easy—and hopefully, often—review.
It’s human nature to discount the value of what we’ve done—especially when it didn’t seem that hard for us. But even if it didn’t require a lot of struggle on your part, it’s still a good thing to put it on the Significant Accomplishment List.
What we focus on expands, so
let’s focus on the right things. Building
and using these two lists will do just that for you.
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Copyright Success Networks International.
Last Updated 02/09/2006