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The Small Things

Now that you’ve courageously accepted perfectionism as a hindrance to your progression, it’s time for the significant part of your transformation—the practice of self-awareness. Recognising the good and bad things in your life requires you to dig deeper and develop a tremendous sense of self-appreciation. 

Here are some questions you can reflect about yourself:

  • How do you celebrate success? What are the things you believe you did well today?
  • How do you make yourself feel enough? What do you love about yourself?
  • What do you think of yourself? What are the significant achievements from your childhood to your adulthood?
  • What do you do to accept the “now” of your life? What are your worries about your past or your future, and how do you deal with them?
  • How do you live from the inside and out? What is the one thing you look forward to and connect within a day?

Accomplishing small things in your everyday life is progress and an act of taking care of yourself. Asking yourself these questions is a step that will help you cope with your daily struggles and develop a greater understanding of your behaviour. 

One of our Strivers shared the things they love about themselves on The STRIVE Methods for Addictions.

They commented:

“I fall off the wagon; I get back up again. 

I love that I work in a caring environment and can show my compassion and empathy every day. 

I love that I am always looking to see how to improve my diet, my mind, my body, my relationships. I don’t always practice what I preach, but I love being open and developing a growth mindset. 

I love it that I can still run 5k and cycle 30k.

I love it that I will be running faster and cycling longer this year.

I love the idea of being a grandpa in 3 weeks.

I love my family. Lockdown has taught me how important they are. 

I love it that I am trustworthy. Several colleagues continue to confide in me, and one told me this week that I am the “most trustworthy person” she knows.

I love my sense of humour. 

I love my loyalty to friends.”

Even acknowledging your frustrations, disappointments, moments in your life where you feel vulnerable, and the memories of mistakes make you approach your struggles with clarity. These minuscule actions and thoughts significantly impact your progress and what matters most. So pause for a minute, take a deep breath, and ask yourself, “What do I love about me? What do I love around me?”