Humility is a wonderful virtue, but for the next five minutes I invite you to trade it for pride and gratitude.
Take a pen and paper and make a list of all the things you’ve enjoyed and achieved over the last few months/6 months/year. What went well? What made you smile? What boosted your self-esteem?
Write down everything that comes to mind – things that made you feel proud, fulfilled, engaged, or happy. The times you solved a difficult problem, the compliments you received, the people you enjoyed working with, the moments you stepped outside your comfort zone. Don’t stop until you can’t think of anything else.
Now, read your list. Reflect on each moment. Allow yourself to fully enjoy your accomplishments.
Notice how you feel when you focus on the good. Do you feel calm, capable, self-assured?
This exercise isn’t about fuelling the ego or indulging in narcissism. It’s about switching from a scarcity mindset to one of bounty and gratitude.
The scarcity mindset – the feeling of “not enough” – creeps up on all of us from time to time. It’s that nagging feeling that we need to do more, want more, have more, achieve more. It’s a good thing in small doses as it motivates us to strive for our goals. But it’s equally important to be grateful for everything you have right now, at this very moment.
Or, as this quote sums it up ever-so-elegantly:
“Be thankful for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow.” [source unknown]