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?