“What have you done today to make yourself proud”?
It could be as simple as following through on a promise to do some exercise today or as big as completing a degree.
One of the best feelings in the world is feeling proud.
I love feeling proud of myself. I love it so much I practice feeling it more often.
It’s an emotion that I make a very conscious effort to create in my life.
Take a moment to think about what would make you feel proud. Did you notice that it’s not the actual act of doing the act that makes you feel proud? The thought alone can bring on the feeling.
Feeling proud is a gift to yourself.
Often we think we have to do something first to feel proud of ourselves.
What I have learned is the opposite is actually true.
When we feel proud of ourselves, we often take action that will bring us more of the feeling of pride.
Google definition states “feeling of pleasure or satisfaction as the result of one’s achievements.”
I don’t believe those achievements need to be huge. Those achievements can be in the past, present or future. We simply choose to think about our lives in a way that brings up those feelings.
Anchoring is a useful NLP (Neuro-Linguistics Programming) technique for inducing a certain frame of mind or emotion such as relaxation, happiness, confidence and feeling proud. It usually involves a touch, like a bookmark for a desired emotion, and recall it again later using that same anchor.
I have anchored ‘feeling proud’ on my middle knuckle of my right hand. Whenever I need to believe in myself or need to remind myself I “can do it”, I press on my knuckle. This anchor recalls the moment when I stood on stage to compete in a Body Shaping competition. At the time, I felt so proud that I had overcome a life threatening illness, lost 40 kilos and reclaimed my life. Ok, now that’s a big one.
There are much smaller victories that can also evoke the feeling of ‘proud’. Feeling proud of my children, our country, and our healthy life style or proud I no longer feel trapped in an over-eating war.
We don’t ever have to wait for someone to be proud of us. It’s our job.