Some people are perfectionists; they consider anything short of perfection a failure. Instead of celebrating the important progress they’re making to achieve their goals, they focus on the shortcomings, as well as all the work that still remains to be completed. That’s less than awesome.
The problem is that constantly looking for and belittling yourself for minor infractions is debilitating and can negatively impact your confidence over time. That’s why it’s important to recognize and reward your progress as you strive for excellence. One of the best ways to build your self-esteem is to identify wins and give yourself a pat on the back each day. That will help you build confidence as you strive to achieve your long-term goals.
25 Reasons Why You’re Awesome
Sometimes you deserve a pat on the back, even if you have to do it yourself. Identify 10 reasons to pat yourself on the back — each day — using the list below.
- Step outside your comfort zone?
- Refuse to let a problem ruin your day?
- Help a stranger in need?
- Maintain willpower rather than surrender to temptation?
- Knock key items off your to-do list?
- Ask for help rather than go it alone?
- Make someone feel good about him- or herself?
- Complete a task that you despise?
- Listen to your conscience?
- Put someone’s interests ahead of your own?
- Perform a favor without asking for something in return?
- Run toward a problem rather than away from it?
- Barrel through a tough assignment?
- Cast aside your fears and go for it?
- Forgive someone who disappointed you?
- Keep your calm while others lost their heads?
- See the positive when others saw only the negative?
- Delegate tasks rather than maintain tight control?
- Remain determined rather than quit?
- Juggle several balls without getting flustered?
- Comfort a friend during a rough patch?
- Exceed your own expectations?
- Advocate for yourself rather than keep silent?
- Overcome an obstacle?
- Accept responsibility rather than cast blame?
A Dose of Reality
Some people see a glass as half full; others see it as half empty. Your view of the world will have a significant impact on your behavior — as well as on your mental attitude, confidence, and ultimately, your success and happiness.
When you praise yourself for being awesome, you’re not telling a fib; you’re doing wonderful things every day. The problem is that you choose not to see it, much less compliment yourself for a job well done. How would you feel if you did something awesome for someone and they chose not to recognize it? Don’t you deserve the same respect from yourself?
Be nice to yourself. If you’re oblivious to the wonderful things that you do each day, force yourself to see them. Conversely, if you’re not doing enough wonderful things, this may encourage you to do more. One of the nicest gifts that you can give someone is a sincere compliment. Maybe it’s time to start talking to yourself. You’re awesome! Give yourself a pat on the back.
You’re Awesome! Give Yourself a Pat on the Back.
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Ivette K Caballero says
Thank you so much Frank Sonnenberg for writing about things that truly matter in a person’s life and in the world, too. I’ve struggled with perfectionism since an early age–and in striving towards perfection, I’ve discovered many of my imperfections. This has been a powerful life lesson that has taught me to embrace excellence instead. I continue to learn and improve in this area. You are a great source of inspiration and wisdom. Thanks a million, Ivette K.
Frank Sonnenberg says
Thank you for your kind words Ivette.
There’s a fine line between trying to do your best and beating yourself up when perfection is not achieved. Instead, we should strive to get better each day and celebrate those small wins.
It’s important to note that measuring progress is often like watching grass grow. While it’s difficult to detect movement on a daily basis, it’s simple to see growth over time.
Thanks for taking the time to write and for helping me spread the word that moral character matters 🙂