Happy Monday to everyone. I hope it was a fantastic weekend, which is one of fulfillment and happiness. Today, Jack starts to talk about his next principle, which is “acknowledge your positive past.” Most people within our culture often remember their failures instead of their successes. Think back to when you were a young child, your parents would leave you alone when you were playing and being cooperative, and then they would pounce on you when you made too much noise and got into trouble. You probably received the verbal response “great job” when you got A’s, but would then get a huge lecture when you got C’s. Your teachers probably even marked your tests with X’s on the questions you got wrong, but did they mark the questions you got right with a star or a check mark? In sports, you probably got yelled at if you dropped the ball rather than being congratulated on executing the play perfectly. In life there seems to be more emphasis around the failures one experiences, instead of the successes one accomplishes.
The natural man and woman remembers more of his or her failures than his or her successes. One of the best ways to fix this problem, because it is a problem, is to consciously focus on your successes. The truth is that we have way more successes than failures, but we set the bar too high on what we call a success. So why is it so important to make such a big deal of your passed successes? Because of the impact that it has on your self-esteem.
Imagine for a second that your self-esteem is like a stack of poker chips. Then imagine you and I are playing a game of poker. You have ten chips and I have 200 chips. Who do you think is going to play more conservatively in this game of poker? I am able to take more risks, because I have more chips.
Your self-esteem works the same way. The more self-esteem you have, the more risks you will be able and willing to take.
Studies show that the more you celebrate and recognize successes, the more successes in the future you will have. One of the biggest things I try to preach is the fact that life is so good. If you just sit down and take a second to write down or think about all the blessings you have, it won’t take you long to realize that you really do live a good life. Celebrate the crap out of those blessings. Recognize the small victories that you have every single day. One of the blessings I celebrate every day is the fact that I made it to and from all of my destinations safely. With as dangerous as cars are, and what can happen at anytime, I am so thankful every day that something as simple as getting to work, was able to happen safely. Start making your accomplishments a big deal. Start to recognize that you are doing great things! Start to celebrate life and how freaking good it is!
Celebrate the shiii out of everything, Cram