Women often have long "To Do" lists. We are forever making lists of things that need to be handled on a daily basis and we are continually adding to that list.
If you are a woman with such a list, how often do you take time to congratulate yourself for a "job well done?" If you are like most women, the answer is, "rarely." The reason for this is because we don't often think about the things we cross off of our "To Do" list as a success.
Every single thing we do that takes us forward in life, regardless of the task is a success. Yet, rarely do we give ourselves credit for these successes. A woman can get up in the morning, shower, get ready for her day, throw in a load of laundry, pack lunches, get everyone in the house where they need to be that day and when someone asks her what she has done that morning she will often say, "nothing!"
Women are natural born nurturers and we are always giving, always doing for others, thinking of others, thinking for others and putting the needs of others before our own needs.
When a woman is tired, worn out, depressed, over-worked, and underappreciated, this can only happen for so long before something goes wrong in her life. A woman who is appreciated, heard, valued and shown respect will feel empowered. An empowered woman is a joy to be around and it is easy to see how this can be a win win situation.
It is time for women to give themselves permission to put themselves first by being self-preserving. When women are well taken care of, they have more energy, vitality and stamina to deal with the "To Do" lists we create.
Take a look at your "To Do" list and every single time you cross something off of your list, do something wonderful for yourself. It might be something as simple as 15 minutes to drink a cup of tea in silence to gather your thoughts.
Create an Evidence Journal. Keeping track of your successes is a great reminder of just how far you’ve come, on those days you feel like giving up, it will remind you why you want to keep going!
The challenge is, too many women don’t take the time to see their successes for what they are! Pay more attention to your accomplishments, because these ARE YOUR successes! What do you do, every single day that you are not giving yourself credit for? Every time you push forward instead of giving up, this is a success! Purchase a journal and write down every one of your accomplishments. On the days when you’re feeling uninspired, these successes will prove to you that you have what it takes to succeed!
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