Session #12: Acknowledgement


 

Habit Check In

Each week we will check in on the daily habit you have set for yourself. What positive experience have you had with your habit this week?

 

Acknowledgement

Looking back over the past three months, take a moment to think about what obstacles have you overcome, what have you learned, and how do you think/feel differently. As you move forward, it’s important to continually recognize how far you’ve come. Scan around for what it was like back then and what it’s like now. Notice all the things, even the little things that have changed between then and now. What are some things that you are proud of accomplishing or shifting? And what is something you had to learn or overcome in order to have these results now?

It is important to come up with a new baseline. Think about something that you were striving for when we first started working together that has now become part of your regular habits or routine. How does it feel to acknowledge your efforts and engagement in making these changes in your life?

Giving and receiving acknowledgement is incredibly nourishing and more importantly motivating! And yet most of us don’t acknowledge ourselves nearly enough. We’re often doing the opposite by telling ourselves we’re not enough or should have done better which is demotivating. Instead of waiting for the big end result to acknowledge how far we’ve come, we’ve got to acknowledge the little steps along the way.

I’d like to invite to brag about all the little changes you have made so you can acknowledge yourself for doing such a great job these last few months. This might feel weird at first, but I want to search and find at least 5 more things you are proud of accomplishing in the last few months.

 

Experiencing Acknowledgement

Take a moment to practice experiencing acknowledgement. Most people don’t get acknowledged nearly enough for their efforts. It doesn’t matter who it is or how well you know them; everyone needs acknowledgement. What kind of world would it be if everyone appreciated each other openly for what they contribute?

Ask yourself, who are 5 people in your life who have done something well? Write those names down and  imagine yourself walking up to one of them and appreciating them for whatever they did. When you think about appreciating this person, how do you feel? It’s a positive feeling! Notice how you are both nourished by this interaction. There’s a saying that goes, ‘You get fuller by feeding others.’ This is really true with acknowledgment. The more you give, the more nourished you and everyone around you will feel. Most importantly, it becomes easier to acknowledge and appreciate yourself

 

Action Step

  • Determine your next goal
  • Identify what daily habit will help you reach your goal