The Importance of Recognizing How Far We’ve Come


It’s a new year, and many of us are filled with that motivational pull to make big changes. But change can be a scary thing. Even if we are unhappy or unsure of something in our lives, we may still feel comfortable there, so comfortable that a change towards something positive might even seem daunting.

A big reason change scares many of us, is that as adults, we have very big expectations for change. We tend to give ourselves unrealistic timelines for change to happen. New years are a time for resolutions, whether they be health, happiness or career-related. But a reason the majority of resolutions fail, is that we are impatient with the results, and we forget how far we’ve already come.

Every accomplishment you have made, and every step forward, is something to be celebrated. This notion is something we should not only do for ourselves, but for each other too. When yourself or someone you know is dealing with a healing experience from trauma, every little win is a big win.

“Every piece of self-awareness that we have helps us to connect to what we’re experiencing. So each recognition is a success. Even small achievements are achievements.” — Kim Barthel from ‘Conversations with a Rattlesnake’

We can see ourselves succeed further and more often in our healing process, if we learn to celebrate all the baby steps, and recognize when positive change are being made.

“You have to celebrate all the baby steps along the way!” — Theo Fleury from ‘Conversations with a Rattlesnake’

So stay on your course, and let yourself feel those wins whether big or small. Good luck with tackling change and progress in 2017!

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 – Written by Amber Craig

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