Things I Have Done Right In My Life

Things I Have Done Right In My Life

Like most, I’ve spent a great deal of time and energy focussing on all the things that I’ve messed up in my life. I’ve made incredible mistakes and I’ve made them often. Some believe that failure, specifically failing fast is the key to greatness. I don’t think that’s always true. Sometimes we don’t know why we fail exactly. We may think it’s one thing and it could be that actually we did multiple things wrong. Therefore, learning from failures is possible, if you know the exact reason why you failed and don’t repeat the mistake. However, I would urge warning about focussing on or celebrating failures. Focusing on what you’ve done wrong can take you into a very dark place and keep you there for a long time- maybe permanently.

So, while it’s possible to learn from failure, I think it’s far more beneficial to take a look at what you’ve done right in your life. Making a list of your victories allows you to see if there are any patterns you can recognize and repeat. It’s also good to remember all that you are capable of and have achieved. Therefore, while I admittedly have been somewhat down after reflecting on all my failures and mistakes, I decided to write out a list of what I have done right. Your list will be very, very different, but for the purpose of transparency for this exercise, here is what I came up with:

I married the right woman
I dedicated myself to her
I’m obsessed with seeing her grow as a person
I had children with her
I’m dedicated to raising a family
I’ve taken big risks that have paid off
I’ve read at least two books a month for the last 10 years
I’ve met new people and treated them well so that my network has grown
I’ve traveled more than most
I’ve studied philosophy
I’ve studied biomechanics and biology and used them to build a business
I’ve written regularly to keep my communication skills sharp
I’ve stayed fit most of my life
I’ve stuck with things even when they were hard
I’ve quit certain things when I realized they didn’t work for my life
I’ve kept my mind open to new ideas

I’ve resolved disagreements quickly
I’ve reasoned with myself to change my state when needed
I’ve had confidence that I could make things work
I’ve enjoyed money, but saved it as well
I’ve thought of others’ perspectives in business
I’ve created things that others value
I’ve kept informed about events that affect me
I’ve been able to calm my mind when needed
I’ve been able to produce the energy to get things done
I’ve been obsessed with learning
I’ve been a person of character
I’ve given to others and charity

I’ve given my wife resources she needs to grow
I’ve valued her freedom
I went to college and graduated without debt
I kept my eye on work while attending college
I’ve seen the big picture without ignoring details
I’ve had incredible fun
I’ve invested money for the future
I’ve not let myself get too comfortable in life
I’ve focused on the good more than the bad
I’ve focused on what I can give rather than what I’m getting
I’ve cared about others and their needs without forgetting my own
I didn’t give up when diagnosed with a viscous disease
I’ve focused on building up my strength

What have you done right? I suggest you make a list of your victories. They will give you fuel and strength to power through the year. Take a few minutes and focus on how awesome you are!

In health,

Sean

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