Are we so busy looking to our future that we forget to look at how much we’ve already achieved?

I would definitely say i’m ambitious but it’s almost to a fault. See I have so many ideas, plans and life goals that I forget how far I’ve actually come, I forget to sit down and look at all that I’ve already achieved. It kind of feels a bit like being a hamster on a wheel, set my self a goal, smash it and on to the wheel again without any recognition for myself.

Is ambition ruining our ‘here and now’?

But what happens when all you ever do is chase the ‘next big thing’? Instead of acknowledging all you have already done you end up in a viscous cycle of achieve, achieve, achieve – without self recognition. It’s time we all stop being so hard on ourselves, stop looking ahead so much that you forget to live in the now. It’s time to flip the script. Look at all the obstacles you have overcome, the challenges, the failures. You should be just as proud of these then you are of your achievements. For who are we really if we have not failed 10 times and stood up 11?

And I don’t just mean celebrating the big things, I mean taking the time to write down things you have done today that maybe a year ago you would never have been able to manage. You actually got to the gym, you ended a toxic friendship or relationship that you never had the strength to a few months ago, you managed to get up and go to work, you brought in lunch so you didn’t waste more of your money, you got through a stressful work meeting. Celebrate these for what they are, small but significant wins. 

So start today, stop thinking about all the things you didn’t do and write down all the things you did do, I mean it, write it down. It can really be anything as small as ‘I made my bed this morning’.

Because you see, what I’ve realized is success is in the small daily positive actions, it’s not always the big grand event, it’s the journey.

The key to success is realising that our big goals aren’t going to happen overnight, in the next week or maybe even the next year but this is okay. And by focusing purely on the end goal rather than the small and significant steps we take to get us to that goal we are doing ourselves an injustice.

This is why it’s important to acknowledge and celebrate small wins.

Make it easy for yourself to feel successful, and celebrate even the smallest daily wins. You’ll be surprised by the dramatic changes that occur in your life and how much you actually do achieve daily.

Be happy with the now, be proud of the small achievements, be proud of the person you are becoming. Because your life is made up of the day to day habits and the small wins, be proud of them.



  1. October 18, 2017 / 11:28 am

    Small wins are so under rated! I love little achievements, they can do so much to your mood and just brighten your day in general! 🙂 xx

  2. October 18, 2017 / 3:29 pm

    I totally agree! I’m very ambitious too and I’m always focusing on the end goals/goals I’d like to achieve in the future. But now I’m learning that it’s so important to focus on the here and now, and to celebrate all achievements no matter how big or small they are.


  3. October 29, 2017 / 11:44 am

    I can definitely relate to ‘Are we so focused on the future we forget what we’ve already achieved?’ so much so that my counsellor made me write a comprehensive list of all my achievements and only after that did I realise that actually, I’m doing a pretty good job at the moment! Ffi | The Essence of Red

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