Achievements Great and Small

A Look Back

The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you've come.They say that you should only look in that rearview mirror in life to see how far you’ve come.  Today, that’s what I’ve done.  I’ve looked back over the last few months to see what kind of things I’ve achieved.  My first thought was launching this website to get my story and the stories of others out there.  I consider it to be one of my biggest achievements.  If you had told me a few weeks prior to the launch date that I was going to do this, I would have laughed and thought you were having me on.  But I’ve done it and it’s meeting some success.

Looking back over those months, I can see some of the changes in my life, some of the things I’ve achieved.  Yes, there are plenty of failures or steps back – I guess it wouldn’t be a journey if there weren’t any of those things around – but there are still achievements too.

Big Achievements

When we look back at our progress, we seem to look for the big achievements.  Anything less than magnificent gets pushed to one side.  For example, I’ve been working on my Twitter account and trying to get the following up on there.  After a chat with a specialist, I managed to gain 150 followers over the weekend!  I’d consider that an achievement.  Alright, in the grand scheme of things it’s probably not much, as you look at some of the mental health charities and organisations who have thousands upon thousands of followers, but for me who is just starting out, it’s an achievement.

But then I wondered, what other big achievements have I achieved?

In today’s world where stigma is rife and people are quick to judge you for the taboo subjects such as mental health, it’s a considerable achievement to share your story.  Whether you do it on a website like I do or whether it’s just in one-to-one settings or small groups, it’s a big achievement.  Opening up about it is something that’s very difficult yet very important.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s achieved that at some stage.

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Small Achievements

Why should we focus on the big achievements?  Sometimes a big achievement isn’t an accomplishment of some colossal size.  Sometimes it’s all about the smaller ones.  Simple things, such as getting out of bed or having a shower.  Not-so-simple things like leaving the flat to go to the shops.  All of those little achievements mount up, bringing you a sense of accomplishment.

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in & day out.Fairly recently, I shared a post to my Facebook page that talked about some of those little accomplishments.  By Katelyn Marie Lesho, it talked about how she brushed her hair for the first time in four weeks.  To you or I, that might not sound like a big deal but when you’re living with depression, even something as simple as that can be a big achievement.  Sometimes even the smallest of achievements can be big.

My Achievements, Great and Small

So what have I achieved?  What do I have to be thankful for accomplishing?  I’m sure there are many things that I forget about but here are a couple:

I started a website.

I shared my story.

I raised awareness for mental health.

I babysat my goddaughter and godson.

I left the flat multiple times in one week.

I went to the shops.

I got out of bed.

Achievements both great and small.  It doesn’t matter whether they were done in that order or all mixed up, whether I’d done them once or multiple times, they are all important in their own way.  Some of you will recognise some of those achievements, as they will be ones that you’ve achieved yourselves.  Even if you feel like they aren’t so significant, though, don’t underestimate their power.

Stick with it.  No matter how dark the night gets, no matter how badly you feel as though you’re doing, you’re achieving a lot more than you think.  You’ve got this.  Go and be that glowstick and remember that you’re a work in progress, you’re making progress every day and you can do it!

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Author: Alex Davies

Alex Davies is the creator and writer for Pushing Back the Shadows. Find out more about his journey here and connect with him on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

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