People who are too hard on themselves usually forget these 9 achievements

We all have our moments of self-doubt and harsh self-criticism.

But some people have a habit of being way too hard on themselves, often forgetting their own accomplishments.

If you’re one of those self-critical types, you probably overlook your own achievements more often than not. You may just need a little reminder of the great things you’ve done.

In this article, I’ll highlight nine achievements that people like you often forget to give yourself credit for. It’s time to remember, and celebrate, your own success.

1) Surviving tough times

Life isn’t always a walk in the park.

We all go through challenging periods, whether it’s dealing with loss, illness, financial hardship, or relationship woes.

When you’re in the thick of these difficulties, it’s easy to focus only on the struggle and forget that you’re actually surviving – and sometimes even thriving – in spite of it all.

Surviving tough times is a significant achievement that speaks volumes about your resilience and tenacity.

But people who are too hard on themselves often overlook this. They focus on the storm instead of acknowledging their own strength in weathering it.

So next time you find yourself facing a challenge, remember to give yourself credit for making it through each day. It’s a testament to your strength, and that’s something worth celebrating.

2) Overcoming personal fears

We all have our fears. They can be as small as spiders or as big as public speaking.

I remember the first time I was asked to give a presentation at work. I was terrified. My hands were shaking, my heart was racing, and I couldn’t get a single word out.

But I didn’t give up. I practiced day in and day out, rehearsing my speech to the mirror, to my friends, even to my dog. And when the day came, I stood in front of my colleagues and delivered my presentation.

Did I stutter? Yes. Did I forget parts of my speech? Absolutely. But I did it. I overcame my fear of public speaking.

Overcoming personal fears is a monumental achievement that we often forget to acknowledge.

So next time you find yourself facing a fear, remember to stop and appreciate your courage when you overcome it. Because trust me, it’s a big deal.

3) Learning new skills

Acquiring a new skill is an incredible achievement that often goes unnoticed, especially if we’re too hard on ourselves.

Think about it. You didn’t know how to do something, you put in the time and effort, and now you can do it. That’s a big deal!

Take language learning, for example. Did you know that the human brain physically changes when we learn a new language? It’s true. Brain scans have shown that bilingual people have denser grey matter, particularly in areas related to language, memory and attention.

So next time you master a new skill, give yourself a pat on the back. It’s not just an achievement, it’s proof of your brain’s amazing adaptability.

4) Maintaining relationships

In a world where everyone seems to be rushing around, maintaining meaningful relationships is an achievement in itself.

It takes time, effort, understanding, and a lot of patience to build and sustain relationships. Whether it’s with family, friends, or colleagues, the ability to keep these relationships healthy and thriving is something to be proud of.

Yet, people who are too hard on themselves often overlook this accomplishment. They may see it as a normal part of life rather than recognizing the effort they put into maintaining these connections.

So, remember to appreciate your role in these relationships and the work you’ve put into fostering them. It’s an achievement worth acknowledging.

5) Helping others

In our busy lives, taking the time to help others is an achievement that’s often overlooked.

Whether it’s volunteering for a local charity, helping a friend move, or even just lending an ear to someone who needs to vent – these acts of kindness make a difference.

But if you’re prone to being hard on yourself, you might dismiss these actions as insignificant or expected. You might even think, “Well, anyone would have done the same.”

But the truth is, not everyone would. Your willingness to extend a hand when someone else needs it says a lot about your character.

Remember, every act of kindness, no matter how small, is an achievement. So don’t forget to give yourself credit for these moments of generosity.

6) Personal growth

Personal growth is one of the most rewarding, yet often overlooked achievements.

It’s not always about concrete milestones. Sometimes, it’s about the subtle shifts in perspective, the emotional maturity gained, or the ability to handle stress better.

Perhaps you’ve learned to manage your anger more effectively, or maybe you’ve become more patient. Maybe you’ve learned to stand up for yourself, or perhaps you’ve become more empathetic.

These are significant victories in their own right. They signify that you are evolving as a person, becoming a better version of yourself.

So, take a moment to appreciate your personal growth. It’s an achievement that’s truly close to your heart and it deserves recognition.

7) Facing up to mistakes

Mistakes, we all make them. But admitting them and learning from them, that’s an achievement in itself.

I remember a time when I completely messed up a project at work. I had the option to blame it on others or even hide it, but I chose to own it. I admitted my mistake, faced the consequences, and learned a great deal from it.

It was a tough experience, but it taught me the value of honesty and accountability. It showed me that making a mistake is not the end of the world, but an opportunity to grow.

So if you’ve ever faced up to your mistakes and learned from them, give yourself some credit. It’s a sign of maturity and it’s an achievement not everyone can claim.

8) Achieving balance

In a world where busyness is often glorified, achieving balance between work and personal life is an accomplishment that’s worth celebrating.

Whether it’s taking time to pursue hobbies, maintaining a regular workout routine, or making time for loved ones amidst a busy schedule, finding that sweet spot of balance is no easy feat.

Yet, those who are hard on themselves often forget to acknowledge this achievement. They may view it as just part of life, rather than a conscious effort to prioritize their well-being and happiness.

So if you’ve managed to find your own sense of balance, remember to appreciate it. It’s an accomplishment that contributes significantly to your overall quality of life.

9) Being true to yourself

In a world full of expectations and societal pressures, staying true to who you are is an achievement that stands above all.

Choosing to honor your values, to follow your own path, to be authentic even when it’s easier to conform – these are signs of inner strength.

This is perhaps the most important, yet often forgotten achievement. So if you’ve managed to stay true to yourself amidst all odds, remember to acknowledge it. This isn’t just an achievement, it’s a testament to your courage and integrity.

Final thought: It’s all about perspective

The way we view ourselves and our achievements is deeply rooted in our perspective.

Often, the lens through which we see ourselves is much harsher than the one we use to view others. It’s why we tend to overlook our own successes while readily acknowledging those of others.

Remember, it’s not always about grand gestures or earth-shattering accomplishments. Sometimes, our most significant achievements are the small victories, the personal growth, and the resilience we display in the face of adversity.

So, next time you find yourself being too hard on yourself, take a step back and shift your perspective. See yourself as you would a friend, with kindness and understanding.

Because you are achieving more than you realize, and you deserve to acknowledge that.

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Graeme

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