Savoring past successes is a great way to boost your confidence and sense of competence, especially when you find yourself in more challenging situations and circumstances. Reminiscing about those successes with your friends and colleagues over a glass of wine or dinner can be great fun, replete with lots of laughter as everyone remembers achieving a specific outcome together.
But sometimes appreciating and remembering past successes and accomplishments can get in the way of moving forward to new experiences and opportunities. We begin to rest on our laurels because it feels safer and more certain. We question whether the next outing will be as successful. Can we possibly be as smart, as competent, as productive as we were before, or does the bar of failing seem to be set higher this time?
When moving forward begins to feel difficult, remember that life is about growth, change, and stretching toward new experiences and accomplishments. Resting on our laurels is the first step toward standing still and beginning to wilt. Gratitude and appreciation for yesterday and today need to turn into the energy necessary to approach new possibilities with excitement and confidence.
So take your gratitude and use it to set new goals that will challenge you. Use your appreciation of all that you have accomplished to encourage you to try new things and to support you when the outcomes are not exactly what you expected. Open your eyes and heart to the future, and know that your past successes are the proof that you are up to anything you want to try.
- Make a gratitude list. List all the accomplishments for which you are grateful.
- Learn from your successes. Treasure all your accomplishments; acknowledge the special strengths, gifts, and skills that are uniquely yours. They will help you move your next opportunities to success.
- Move forward with confidence. Don’t rest on your laurels. Use all your past success to take on new challenges and hurdles with grace and competence.