As I’m planning out my little business endeavor over here, I’ve noticed that I give plenty attention to the things that have yet to be accomplished, but rarely celebrate the achievements – all those (not so) little things, that I do each day and that end up contributing to the greater outcome.
In German there is this (not so nice) saying “Eigenlob stinkt” (“self-praise stinks”), and as as kids I remember us using it jokingly, yet frequently. Reminding each other that it’s not good to think of yourself TOO highly. That humility is a virtue.
Tonight I attended a webinar with Danny Iny, owner of Firepole Marketing and author of the popular book Engagement from Scratch!: How Super-Community Builders Create a Loyal Audience and How You Can Do the Same!. He ended his session with Marianne Williamson’s famous quote:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? (…) Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. (…) and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Many bloggers out there have declared 2013 a year to finally take their passion to the next level – whether it’s by starting a business or launching a new product – there’s a ton of creativity to be found out there. And with that, also a lot of questions and insecurities. I think it’s important to remind ourselves to celebrate the achievements along the way, whether they’re big or small. And that diminishing who we are is truly not helpful to us OR the world.
I’d like to invite you to honor your weekly accomplishments – whether it’s by writing them down in your calendar/journal or by sharing them on your blog – keep track of them. And then at the end of the week…make sure to celebrate!
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