Get hope and in­spi­ra­tion from your past suc­cesses

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of my ca­reer. It in­cludes about 30 of my most sig­nif­i­cant life ac­com­plish­ments, such as grad­u­at­ing from univer­sity, get­ting my first job, buy­ing my first house, etc. I read the list when I hit a rough patch or I am not quite sure what the next steps are, and it gives me hope that my cur­rent sit­u­a­tion will im­prove.

In ad­di­tion to giv­ing me hope, this list shows me how pat­terns de­vel­oped over my life­time. I can see that, over time, while there have been ups and downs, my tra­jec­tory has been to im­prove. This pat­tern of­ten gives me hope, par­tic­u­larly if I am mired in a short-term, day-by-day prob­lem and I start to lose per­spec­tive of the long term. It al­ways gives me hope!

While these im­prove­ments don’t man­i­fest them­selves ev­ery sin­gle day, I know that they are com­ing just over the hori­zon. Call it faith, or un­founded op­ti­mism, but for a goal-ori­ented per­son like me, I know for sure that the fu­ture gets brighter. Al­ways has, al­ways will!

If you find your­self feel­ing hope­less about your sit­u­a­tion, make your own list. Don’t over­think it, just jot down a list of those ac­com­plish­ments of which you are most proud. This is im­por­tant, since it is your list and you need to re­mind your­self of what worked for you, not so­ci­ety’s ex­pec­ta­tion of you. Go back early into your life, to young adult­hood or even child­hood. There are many defin­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in the early part of our lives that are of­ten un­der­es­ti­mated. Don’t dwell on them; write them down if they res­onate with you. If you are a young per­son start­ing your ca­reer, do not be re­luc­tant to in­clude your early ac­com­plish­ments such as aca­demic per­for­mance, sports and artis­tic ac­com­plish­ments— any­thing that en­abled you to over­come an ob­sta­cle. Once the list is com­plete, draw upon your ex­pe­ri­ences to spot the trends. Look for those times in your ca­reer where you made sig­nif­i­cant progress and seek to un­der­stand why. If you are fac­ing an ob­sta­cle, go back to the list and find a time where you faced a sim­i­lar ob­sta­cle, and then look at all the ac­com­plish­ments that im­me­di­ately fol­lowed it. This will give you a re­newed sense of hope that your sit­u­a­tion will get bet­ter and that brighter days are ahead.

Ea­monn has a B. Eng. (Elec­tri­cal) from Lake­head Univer­sity, MBA (Fi­nance) from Univer­sity of Toronto, and has com­pleted Ex­ec­u­tive Ed­u­ca­tion at Stan­ford Univer­sity Grad­u­ate School of Busi­ness. He lives in Van­cou­ver, Canada. Fol­low him on twit­ter @Ea­mon­npercy.

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