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Give Yourself a WooHoo

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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

I've had a couple of SparkFriends who've written recently about needing to be better at recognizing their own accomplishments (you know who you are!). Isn't this something we all struggle with sometimes?

An acquaintance was telling me about earning her Master's degree. She worked full-time, but faithfully attended night school year after year until she finally had all the credits she needed to earn that degree. I was sincerely impressed. I told her how much I admired her perseverance and determination, and left feeling I'd met a person with special qualities.

HOURS later it hit me. I did the exact same thing.

Full-time work and night school.

Except I did it while working as the only female in the group during an era when women were barely accepted in the industry.

And I was a single parent.

Hmm.

It can be so easy to take our own accomplishments for granted, whether it is finishing graduate school or finishing a walk in a new record time. One of the things I'm learning here is to make a practice of celebrating the successes of my life. It doesn't matter that other people have lost more weight, or can run further, or are more diligent in staying within their calorie range. What matters is that I'M accomplishing new things every day. I know because I'm LOOKING for those accomplishments.

So give yourself a "WooHoo!". The fact that you're showing up on SparkPeople says you're someone who is looking to accomplish something in your life. And there are a lot of us here who will be celebrating right alongside you.

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MEADSBAY 8/19/2011 12:00PM

    Thank you, my dear- I need to hear this again and again!
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MYADOG1 3/4/2011 9:45PM

    emoticon I was thinking about this today. I made a point of celebrating by saying out loud I was excited I met my weekly goal and gave up caffiene after years of hard core diet coke drinking! emoticon I nearly went ya,good and moved on and then I thought, hey wait a minute, aren't I the one who tells my kids great job for every picture and school paper and tells my husband I am proud of him when things go well at work...we deserve some WooHoo's too and are quick to forget it. I'm with you let's start looking for those moments to celebrate, even if it's just shouting emoticon By yourself in the car! emoticon

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SOUL_LOVE 1/30/2011 6:16PM

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/29/2010 10:43AM

    I am super late in getting here but I loved this blog and you are so right we did it in an era when it was not even considered ,so here is an extra woohoo for you ,your friends are impressed !

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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/11/2010 11:00PM

    I am shouting WOOHOO just for you!!! You have done amazing things so pat yourself on the back!!!!

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TINIERTINA 7/11/2010 10:48PM

    Yup! How quick we forget what we came here for. Like Woody Allen said, 99% of success is just showing up!

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DIANAPHOENIX 6/25/2010 9:23PM

    Hi. I'm a little late getting here, but do you know this is on a favorite blog site? Anyway, good story, and I do remember those days when women struggled in a "man's" world, and also how we as women were trained to not recognize our own accomplishments. I still bristle a bit at how much recognition my father gets for finishing raising my three younger brothers. As though this is not done every day by so many mothers, usually with much less money and outside support. Anyway, I digress.

Your story reminded me of one my grandmother told me in her eighties: She wanted to paper the very small back bedroom, and felt overwhelmed. So, she just set out to put up one strip a day. And in a two to three weeks, it was all done! I so loved her story and her determination, and it has helped me through so many seemingly huge tasks.

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LADY_KATHY 6/18/2010 10:06PM

    Amen... I'm working on my masters now.... and juggling a difficult marriage as well. : ( I know I can do all things as the Lord is my strength.

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JUST_TRI_IT 6/17/2010 12:33PM

    I completely agree with you. We often see the errs in our ways much faster than we see our own accomplishments. Somewhere along the line we stopped being joyful about our FIRST STEPS (glee!!) and we start expecting much more before we say WOOHOO!. I have come to understand that better here on SP... IT IS OK TO SAY WOOHOO ME!!!


Thanks for the very important reminder! It is TIME to SAY WOOHOO! emoticon

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BASKETLADY6 6/17/2010 8:19AM

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ZOOEYG 6/15/2010 5:15PM

    You're absolutely right! So many times I find myself congratulating others for accomplishments that I've also done and failed to recognize. Stepping back and NOT looking towards that "new goal" is something we all should be doing.

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JEAN524 6/15/2010 2:26PM

    It's not easy to remember successes when one is wallowing in all the negatives I feel about myself at times. I tend to want things to happen yesterday! Thanks for reminding me to think more positively. emoticon

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MARCYNA 6/15/2010 8:58AM

    Yes..good remark. As women we often feel uneasy about recognizing our own accomplishments, guess we should do it more emoticon emoticon

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MSMAKEOVER 6/15/2010 3:42AM

    Thank you. I really enjoyed this blog. Congrats on your achievements... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TUDI4480 6/15/2010 12:19AM

    I'm sending you a WOOHOO and giving one to me too! Keep on keeping on!

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SPARKANN 6/14/2010 11:09PM

    WooHoo!!!!

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FOX2566 6/14/2010 8:14PM

  HOORAY FOR YOU! Keep Smiling as you do your thing day by day!
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JRDIAMOND4 6/14/2010 7:28PM

    Thank you!! You are so right. We look for our Whoo hoos from everyone else but ourselves. So many times we are discouraged because that right someone didn't say it. When all the while WE are that right someone. Whoo Hoo You and Whoo Hoo ME.
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TXGRANDMA 6/14/2010 5:24PM

    You are so right! emoticon

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MESEATURTLE 6/14/2010 12:08PM

    That was nice to hear!!thanx for pointing it out. emoticon

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TRISHY12 6/14/2010 9:59AM

    I, too, am guilty of oftentimes recognizing the accomplishments of everyone else and neglecting to see the accomplishments that I achieve. Thank you for putting it into perspective. So this emoticon is for ME! And of course you and everyone else who motivates others on SP is deserving of a emoticon too! emoticon

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TRISHY12 6/14/2010 9:59AM

    I, too, am guilty of oftentimes recognizing the accomplishments of everyone else and neglecting to see the accomplishments that I achieve. Thank you for putting it into perspective. So this emoticon is for ME! And of course you and everyone else who motivates others on SP is deserving of a emoticon too! emoticon

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TRISHY12 6/14/2010 9:56AM

    I, too, am guilty of oftentimes recognizing the accomplishments of everyone else and neglecting to see the accomplishments that I achieve. Thank you for putting it into perspective. So this emoticon is for ME! And of course you and everyone else who motivates others on SP is deserving of a emoticon too! emoticon

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NORDAKOTA 6/14/2010 6:30AM

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CINABEE 6/14/2010 12:42AM

    Thank you very much your a special lady emoticon

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WINDSONG26 6/13/2010 10:59PM

    Wonderful insight to have. Glad to hear you are doing well :)

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1GROVES2 6/13/2010 5:10PM

    I had to read this after seeing you won "popular blog"...and I see why you won. This is great and you are special...hey, so am I! Thank You! emoticon

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WHEREISCLARK 6/13/2010 3:26PM

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AZURELITE 6/13/2010 1:48PM

    Thought provoking ... yes, I'm trying to give woo hoo's of encouragement to others but you're right, it's ok to give myself a pat on the back too.
Well said! And thank you!!!!

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CHIPS6246 6/13/2010 12:55PM

    Thanks for the insight!

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PHEBESS 6/13/2010 12:46PM

    YAY for all of us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LIZZIE13 6/13/2010 12:12PM

    Koffeenut what a wonderful eye opener. I like many of you never stop to see the positive in what I have accomplished, but what I could have done better. Even when being told that I did a fantastic job at something, I find it hard to say thank you. Instead I sort of put myself down and say how it could have been improved. From now on, I will open my ears and eyes and shut my mouth only to open it when it is going to say something positive. Thanks for the eyeopener!! emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/13/2010 11:43AM

    You hit the nail on the head here .I alwaays see the accomplishments of others but never seem to feel I measure up LOL!Perhaps that is why I always push myself .I need to take a little of your advice too ! Wise words indeed!

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FANESSLADYRED 6/12/2010 7:12PM

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HOPE2BE 6/12/2010 5:33PM

    How true. I know what its like too to be a single parent accomplishing things.

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BRIGITTE20 6/12/2010 4:51PM

    It's so true that I'm always ready to cheer others before myself and I realize now that I've a lot to be proud of accomplishing! Thanks for reminding me and others... emoticon

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CATFISHGIRL 6/12/2010 2:59PM

    Yes ma'am! I think its easier to be kind to others than to ourselves....sad but true, and definitely something to work on :?

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PAULALALALA 6/12/2010 1:13PM

    Thank you for the reminder! It is hard for many of us to toot our own horns, even in private!
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SKIPSIDE 6/12/2010 12:26PM

    This is so true. emoticon

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GRIMMIE2 6/12/2010 11:39AM

    There's a reason this was voted one of the best blogs. Kudos to you!

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KARRYB1 6/12/2010 11:38AM

    emoticon To you for a great Blog!

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NANASNOW 6/12/2010 10:32AM

    Thank you! I will! Why is it that we can give WooHoo's to others and not ourselves? emoticon

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BEINHAVE 6/12/2010 10:15AM

    Very important thing to do! And it jazzes you to keep it going for the next one!

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