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By Michael Angier

 

   

 

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Forget Your Failings—Focus on Your Feats
Your "Win List" and your "Significant Accomplishments List"

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.

I urge you to incorporate two lists into your life—lists you maintain and review. Use these lists to help you stay focused on what works instead of spending so much time and energy on what doesn’t.

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

02/06/2006: Although the Diamond Team is “officially” closed and we're no longer publicly promoting it, you can still get in. If you’re willing to devote a little extra work to catch up (the three coaching calls we’ve held have been recorded) you can easily get up to speed and make 2006 your best year ever. http://SuccessNet.org/diamond/

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.

Action Point
Get started today building your Significant Accomplishments List and your Win List. Review them often. Bask in the good things you've drawn into your life. Watch your attitude improve and your accomplishments increase.

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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Last Updated 02/09/2006