Day 8: 20.7 miles/1:14
“Take the time to express your gratitude and celebrate your success everyday”
What a wonderful way to start any day. In the ongoing dullness of our daily routines, very rarely do we realize how much we accomplish or how much we have to be grateful for. In our chaotic or challenging environment, it is often even harder to find time to be appreciative or celebratory. That is why this exercise is so important. It encourages us to take a moment and be positive about something daily. This exercise generates positive energy that carries us forward and can often be contagious to us and those around us.
Progress can often be very difficult to measure. Losing two pounds a week is measurable. Changing clothing sizes is not. How much weight do you have to lose before someone notices? In my experience it is somewhere around 15 pounds. That is seven weeks of work before anyone says something. Seven weeks. That is a lot of work. If it weren’t for the scale detailing progress, it almost wouldn’t be worth it.
At work, promotions simply don’t happen overnight. Some people have been in their job two or three years before they get a big raise or a promotion or a new opportunity. That is a lot of work for seemingly little real progress. It’s hardly worth the effort.
Taking the time to register gratitude and an accomplishment every day is a great way to positively acknowledge that progress is being made. Writing them down makes it official. On that one day when feeling particularly low, frustrated, or unsuccessful you can simply refer to the book and make note of all you have accomplished. If nothing else, it serves to reinforce that progress is being made and will likely keep you moving forward.
Gratitude and accomplishments are an affirmative way to chart progress. The goal itself may seem a long way off. It may appear unattainable or out of reach, maybe even completely out of sight. All that is available is the commitment to accomplishing something and a process to chart your progress. Armed with those two things, anything can be accomplished provided you stay on course. Daily gratitude and accomplishments help keep you on course.
Though progress is often hard to measure, accomplishments and gratitude can be measured and recorded daily. When I think about these rides, I am celebrating eight consecutive days on my bike. If I track it against my goal, I am only 8% of the way. When I look at this in terms of accomplishments, I just tied my personal best for consecutive rides. That means tomorrow will be a personal best nine consecutive rides—a new record and something to celebrate. Do I know I can get these 100 rides in? Yes, I am pretty confident and optimistic. Of course, I have yet to deal with an obstacle. And, I don’t know what obstacles I will have to deal with. Besides I do not have to deal with those right now. When the time comes I am confident I will celebrate my success in overcoming them. In the meantime, I am simply focusing on my progress one day, one celebration, and one gratitude at a time.