Always Focus on How Far You’ve Come

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“Always focus on how far you’ve come, rather than how far you have left to go.”

It’s far too easy to focus on what we haven’t done than what we have accomplished. Sometimes we tend to undermine our achievements over the success of others. This attitude is not only a prerequisite to discontentment but also a precursor to stagnation and ultimately, depression.

Although it also pays to consider the things we haven’t done yet, focusing on our achievements, little they may be, helps maintain positivity. Once we get caught up with our losses instead of our wins, we drive ourselves nearer to the brink of unsatisfaction and even jealousy!

To get a clear sense of how far we’ve come, having a journal or writing down our accomplishments helps a lot. The process of writing itself allows us to digest, examine, and appreciate our successes. When things don’t go our way-which happens invariably-our journals will be there to remind us that life hasn’t always been disappointing. It’s human nature to ruminate on failures than triumphs.

Also, don’t forget to count your personal gains, not just the professional. Life isn’t all about work, and even the richest people in the planet could still feel lonely without the luxury of few trusted friends, a happy home, and a healthy ounce of unconditional self-worth.

Last but not least, we should realize that it’s never done. As long as we live, there will always be new heights to conquer. At the meantime, live one day at a time and you’ll just be surprised by how far you’ve come.

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