WHEN YOU DON'T TAKE CREDIT for things you
do right or well, it can cause a mild but debilitating form of
depression. You might not mope around, but you wont feel
as enthusiastic toward life as you could.
When you dont acknowledge yourself
for what youve accomplished, you get the feeling
that you havent really done anything, and since you know
you spent the day doing stuff, your efforts seem pointless and
The solution is to make it a practice to
ask yourself this question: What can I take credit for?
Think of anything in your life that youre glad happened,
and look to see how much of it you can take credit for. What
part of it was because of what you did? Until youre
in the habit, force yourself to do this every day. Ask yourself
that question several times a day, and try to start noticing
this simple fact: Much of the good stuff that happens in your
life is a result of your choices and your effort.
If youre not already in the habit
of doing this, heres what will happen: Over time, your
level of energy and feeling of power and effectiveness will experience
a resurgence. Your estimation of your own self-worth will rise
up to match your actual worth. You will become more enthusiastic
toward life. Youll have the feeling that you have been
spinning your wheels for a long time and suddenly the wheels
are gripping the solid ground firmly and you are moving.
Take credit where credit is due. It may
be impolite to brag to other people, but it is sane and healthy
to acknowledge your own accomplishments to yourself.
Ask yourself, What can
I take credit for?