Acknowledge Yourself


We live in a society that constantly rewards doing more. Many of us are running on adrenalin. We do a lot, but we often feel we are not doing enough or being enough.

The simple act of acknowledging ourselves for what we are doing can make all the difference.

Have you ever heard of the difference between accomplishment and achievement? Achievement is a big event—getting a promotion, losing 35 pounds, getting married, having a baby. But to achieve these things, we must first take a series of small steps. Those small steps are called accomplishments. We spend most of our time accomplishing—taking small steps—but we often don’t acknowledge ourselves until we have achieved. We forget that achievement is impossible without accomplishment.

When you decide to look for a new job, you begin with a series of small steps. You type your resume, research the job market, get ready for the interview. The night before the interview, you iron your clothes and figure out how to get there. Even after you have taken all those steps, you may not get the job. It may take several interviews before you land a job—and only then do you decide to acknowledge yourself. Would you have gotten the job without taking all those steps? Of course not! Then why wait for the big event before acknowledging yourself? Why not acknowledge yourself along the way, during the process of achieving? That’s when you need acknowledgement the most.

Are you someone who doesn’t acknowledge your accomplishments? Do you only acknowledge your achievements? Do you feel you are not doing enough, even though you seem to be doing a lot? At the end of the day, try writing down five things you have accomplished—five accomplishments, not achievements—then pat yourself on the back. I know you will feel better about yourself and what you have done that day. And that will help you begin the next day on a promising note, on the way to achieving your goals.


Zahra Efan is a Life and Success Coach who specializes in helping women achieve their dreams. To book a complimentary coaching session give Zahra a call at 604.582.7759 or visit our web at

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