It’s easy to become overly critical of ourselves, especially when we are working toward a goal.
It’s easy to think poorly of where we are in our lives simply because we aren’t where we want to be.
Being so focused on a goal or something in the future can blind us to all the little successes we’ve achieve along the way.
Just because we haven’t gotten what we want doesn’t mean we’ve failed or haven’t made any progress.
Here are 7 tiny accomplishments that are actually a big deal that you should celebrate having achieved.
- Any level of education.
Got your diploma or GED?
That’s a huge success.
Completed an Associate’s, a Bachelor’s, or any higher education?
Trade school certification?
Wow, those programs are not easy.
We often overlook the success we get when it comes to our education but that takes a lot of work—whatever the level is.
Just because it was necessary for getting your job doesn’t mean that it wasn’t an accomplishment that should be diminished.
- Paying your bills.
It doesn’t matter if you have to have some of your bills covered by a loved one or loans, the fact that you’re paying the ones you can and figuring out how to cover the rest is a big deal.
It can be difficult to make ends meet, even when you have a full-time job, advanced degree, and are doing your very best.
Times are tough, don’t be so hard on yourself just because you can’t pay for all the things you might want to be able to pay for.
If you’re getting it covered and working toward financial independence then that’s a major success you shouldn’t downplay.
- Being respectful to others.
If you have learned manners, respect, and treat others with kindness then that is a great achievement.
There are so many people out there who just live in their own little world or who cannot practice empathy and they cause pain and say horrible things to others.
By simply not being one of those people who spews negativity in the world and by being a person who treats others with respect and as fellow humans—you are already successful.
- Keeping up with your chores.
This seems silly to think of as adults but it’s a big deal.
Keeping up with the housework, your family and personal obligations, errands, and all the regular things you have to do to keep your environment hospitable is a big deal.
It may not be hard, but it is tedious and time consuming.
Doing the laundry, vacuuming, washing the dishes regularly, going grocery shopping—all of these are things you have to do to maintain a healthy living space and finding the time, dedication, and motivation to do them is something to be proud of.
- Whatever it took to get where you are.
Even if you aren’t where you want to be, it took a lot of time and hard work to get to where you are.
It took applications, assignments, studying, learning, interviews, building a resume, searching for jobs, looking for apartments/condos/homes, building a credit score, building a support system, interacting with other people, working with other people, compromise, etc.
No matter where you are in your life, you didn’t just roll out of bed one morning and suddenly appear where you are.
It took lots of small and big accomplishments just to be at the point in your life that you’re at.
- Having goals.
The very fact that you have something you’re working toward is an achievement in itself.
You aren’t complacent with life.
You aren’t just letting the world happen to you.
You have a dream, a goal, an aspiration that you are working toward and you’re actually working toward it.
You’re not living a meaningless existence, you’ve given your life meaning and direction just by making the goal.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a big goal, a small goal, a financial goal, a health goal, or a personal goal.
Just having it means you care about your life and what you do with it.
- Your relationships.
It’s impossible to do anything completely on our own, we rely on others for so much in our lives.
Whether it is the support of family, the companionship of friends, the partnership of a romance, or the transactional relationships with colleagues and people who supply us with what we need.
Building and maintaining healthy relationships is hard work.
It takes time, sacrifice, devotion, and compromise—no matter the type of relationship.
All of these relationships are necessary for our lives and being able to build and maintain healthy ones is an accomplishment that you might not consider to be one but is a success of the highest degree.
It’s hard to take a step back and look at all the things we’ve done to get to where we are.
We can be so focused on the future that we have tunnel vision and don’t see the wonderful things we’ve built along the way.