To Do or Ta Dah, That is the Question

Not feeling appreciated by others for all we do can be a big source of stress. While we can’t change others into the appreciative, encouraging people we’d like them to be, a natural extension of our personal gratitude practice is appreciating and encouraging ourselves.

Too often, we get to the end of the day and focus on all we didn’t get done rather than all that we did. The beatings continue until morale improves, which of course it never does.

How about switching to a motivational best practice? How about making a Ta Dah List instead?  It would include not only the items you did manage to cross off your To Do list, but also some of the other things you deserve credit for — the “non-tasks” that are often overlooked.

Did you treat an annoying coworker with respect, even though you were frustrated?  Ta Dah! Good for you!  Did you speak up in a meeting, even though you were feeling hesitant?  Ta Dah! Way to go!  Did you keep your cool in a traffic jam? Ta Dah! You totally rock!

True appreciation includes paying attention to what you are “doing” and who you are “being”. Are you doing what you want to do? Appreciate all you do. Are you being who you want to be? Appreciate who you are.

Appreciating who you are and all you do will boost your immunity to stress, increase your joy and foster Flow. Who wouldn’t say a big Ta Dah to that?

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About djwlifecoach

As a retired board-certified coach, author and Reiki master teacher, I continue to share hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. What's love got to do with minimizing stress and getting unstuck? Everything! My book, "Choose Your Energy: Change Your Life!" (Hay House/Balboa Press 2013) shares my story and the stories of 10 of my clients along with my signature Discovery Framework. During my 30 years as an organization transformation consultant, I served as a senior partner in four of the world's largest, most prestigious global professional services firms. In 2005, I took a five-year sabbatical to find healing and peace because non-stop work had taken its toll. My recovery from burnout, including a sustained 80-pound weight loss and freedom from 10 years of debilitating depression, led to finding my purpose sharing hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. Through healing and self-exploration, I discovered that loving yourself unconditionally is the key to transforming your personal life, your work and the world. With attention and intention, I learned to live in alignment with love through a wealth of energy-shifting tools and techniques that help me reduce stress, anxiety and overwhelm by releasing limiting beliefs, emotions and habits. My books, blog and radio episodes help individuals and organizations harness the transformative energy of love to turn unexplored possibilities into fulfilling realities and step into their greatness. Learn more and access FREE resources at For fun, I love singing, reading, sewing, knitting, golfing and movies. I live in Williamsburg, Virginia with my husband, Wilson, and the coaching cats who manage my life—SiddhaLee and Maisy Jane.
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