As I was doing the ironing the other day, my mind began to wander. (It often does that when I’m busy doing other things). This time, rather than hoping that I would remember the train of thought later, I grabbed my dictaphone and recorded my thoughts so that I could write about them when I got the time.
So where were my thoughts off to this time?
For once, they weren’t concerned with work or study, they were actually pondering life.
I was thinking about self improvement actually.
As my thoughts were tumbling through my mind and I was mentally composing the order of the words in my head, I had an epiphany.
I (like many others) work at improving my life. I want to be better… more accomplished…. you know – just better than I am now.
What I’ve realised though, is that in determining where I want to change, I often look at the past and the things that I’ve done wrong.
We all have those moments in the past that we wish we could erase. There are always the things that make us cringe when we think “Did I really say that”? or “I guess I could have handled that a little better”.
What it comes down to, is that these thoughts are really, quite negative.
It got me thinking then.
How many times, when we look back on our lives do we actually look at things we have done or conversations that we have had and thought “Nailed it!”?
I bet you’re just like me and you dwell more on the mistakes than the wins.
I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s just as important to recognise what we have done right as it is to recall where we have failed.
It’s all part of growth.
When we recognise a strength, we can build on it.
When we realise that we have done something right, we can work out what we did that made it so good and use those skills to replicate more ‘nailed it’ moments in the future.
Self improvement is an important aspect of life for sure.
But it’s not just about improving upon what you consider is wrong with your life. It’s equally important to recognise your wins and then build upon your strengths to improve the areas of your life that you wish to grow.
So tell me, when have you ‘nailed it’ in the past? And how can you use what you learned to improve your tomorrows?