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  • Success Journal

    This is an idea passed down by my wise dad, who’s always been there to guide me:

    Keep a list of all of your achievements and accomplishments so that you always have a handy reference when you need a pick-me-up. It can be useful for other things too, such as when you’re applying for a new job and need to show what you’ve accomplished.

    The list doesn’t need to be narrowly construed. Go ahead and write about the compassion you demonstrated when you rescued that stray dog or spent 3 hours on the phone consoling your friend when you really wanted to be doing something else. Anything that will make you feel good when you read about it in the future should be included.

    I keep my list in a blank journal with a cover that’s pleasing to me. I must have been in college when I started it, but I listed all of my achievements that I could recall up to that point, including awards I’d won in elementary school. It’s been a while since I’ve updated it, and I’m not sure where it is after we moved so many things to get our son’s room ready for him. I’ll have to look for it – it’s past time to record Alex’s birth.