Another page in the You’re Doing a Freaking Great Job book says “Make Yourself Proud”, attributed to someone named Peter W. Smith. Why do you think it is that we more often quote people whose names we recognize? For example, I recently posted a quote by Judy Garland and another by Audrey Hepburn – both from the above-mentioned book.
Whatever the reason and whoever he is, I like what Mr. Smith has to say here. He isn’t advising us to merely be proud of ourselves, but to MAKE ourselves proud. In other words, we need to earn self-pride. So how would you go about that?
Doing the right thing comes to mind. I realize the “right” thing isn’t always clear, but I believe the right thing is usually simple.
Some of the most important decisions we make are simple, and—bonus!—almost automatic: braking when we see brake lights in front of us is a good example. It’s the right thing to do most of the time and we don’t even have to think about it.
The right thing can also be as ordinary as getting up to go to work when every fiber of your being says “I don’t wanna!” That’s my personal triumph every weekday morning lately. I am SO ready for retirement and the freedom to stay up late or sleep in! There are a lot of reasons to be proud of yourself; you don’t have to be a super-hero, brain surgeon, or best-selling writer.
So…what do you do, or not do that makes you proud?