Why You Should Write Down Your Achievements (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 223)
“Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.”
— Paulo Coelho
We can often focus too much on the negative parts of life that we fail to remember how good life really is. Many times, we allow our failures and setbacks to overshadow our achievements and successes. When this happens, it is easier for depression to set in and for us to feel as though we are not fulfilling the responsibility of our place in the world.
Finding ways to put a spotlight on what is good can be a wonderful therapeutic technique to get us focused on our goals and help us to feel great about waking up each day. If you accomplish one thing each day for a week, at the end of the week you can look back and see how much you have accumulated in your accomplishments.
Here are some reasons it is important to write down what you accomplish each day. Remember after you write, be sure to reflect on what you have written and appreciate what is good in your life.
1. Writing down your daily accomplishments helps you to embrace your strengths and makes you aware of the areas upon which you can improve. An important part of growing and learning is being able to write out your experiences and gain better insight of where your life is headed. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses allows you to make progress and reaffirms your purpose.
2. Writing down your daily accomplishments helps to remind you of how you’ve overcome obstacles and setbacks in your life. Our past achievements show us how resilient we can be. No matter what we face, we are able to keep making progress. And at the end of the day, you can give yourself a pat on the back knowing that you gave the day all you had.
3. Writing down your daily accomplishments can give you the motivation and empowerment you need to keep on going even when it is not really there. What you achieved yesterday can serve as a foundation of support to help you achieve things today. Likewise, what you achieve today can propel you to achieve something else tomorrow. The support system of achievement can help you realize your inner strength in difficult times.
4. Writing down our daily accomplishments makes us more grateful for our lives and aware of the blessings we have. We also become more aware of the world around us and how what we do as individuals can make a difference in the world. Our overall wellbeing and happiness increase when we are grateful. Gratitude for where we are today brings us closer to where we want to be tomorrow.
5.Writing down your accomplishments reminds you of your purpose. Achievements are the result of finding and acting on our purpose. We begin to reach our goals and realize our dreams. Finding purpose is probably the most meaningful thing we can experience. Take time each day to reassess your purpose, meditate on every aspect of your life, and take time at the end of the day to ensure you are going in that direction.
6. Writing down your accomplishments can help you keep in mind where you want to go in life. It reminds you to keep on moving forward no matter what lies behind you. There is no problem with looking back to make sure you’re on the right track. But don’t let what is behind you hold you back; let it encourage you to pursue your goals.
7. Writing down your accomplishments is a great reminder that you are doing a good job. Give yourself a hand clap, pat yourself on the back, and be thankful that you are able to live and reach your goals. You can sleep peacefully knowing that you have worked hard to move one step closer to your dreams. You are living and making the most of the situations before you. Remind yourself that this is what living is all about.
Writing down what you achieve each daily is an amazing motivator that can propel you to keep making progress throughout life. You never know when you may need to look back and remind yourself of how far you’ve come. You really are an accomplished individual.
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”
— Theodore Roosevelt