Most of us can use a confidence boost once in awhile. Here’s one exercise I used that works…and it actually feels good and positive as you’re doing it!
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Write down something that you’ve done that you’re really proud of in life — it can be related to business, family, sports or anything.
What’s important about the achievement you select is that it made you feel really good.
Here are examples of achievements I’m proud of:
To the right of the achievement, write down the qualities you possessed (or conditions you set up) to make that achievement happen.
For example, to win the basketball championship I wrote down things like:
It helps to write these down as “I [fill in the blank]” statements.
You should have at least 5 to 10 of these qualities.
Ok, you should be feeling pretty good about yourself at this point…after all, you’re revisiting some amazing achievement from your life! That was a great day, wasn’t it!?
So, let’s do another achievement (you’ll later see that it’s important to do multiple achievements).
Now that you’ve done 3 achievements, you should have a list of a couple of dozen qualities listed.
Review the list on the right-hand side (the reasons you accomplished these achievements) as this is your master list of “Qualities of Achievement” — some of the many things you possess to do amazing things.
There will be qualities that repeat among achievements too — even though you may use slightly different language for them — those repeat qualities are arguably among the most powerful qualities you possess!
I found it useful to make a separate list (mine is below) of the repeating qualities. Here are some of my own:
|I utilized my network of contacts|
|I was bold|
|I bought time|
|I was positive|
|I leveraged my unique abilities|
|I created a plan|
|I did the “right thing”|
|I was persistent|
|I created rituals|
|I was persuasive|
Now, what’s cool is that any time you are facing some new endeavor, you can look at your ‘Qualities of Achievement List” to be reminded of the qualities YOU possess to further achieve!
Furthermore, these qualities will give you ideas on how to tackle your new achievement!
After all, you achieved greatness before…and you will surely achieve it again!