From the ages of 5 years to 15 years I competed on stage in Speech & Drama competitions 61 times, that’s around 6 times a year.
Of the 61 times competing on stage, I received Honours (which means I scored over 80 out of 100) 40 times.
From the age of 5 years I was learning to take risks: I was way out of my comfort zone, I was being judged and I was learning to accept failure & success.
I attained Gold L.A.M.D.A (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) with Honours at 27 years.
Why am I telling you this?
It’s not to brag. Instead I want to encourage you to sit and reflect on your ‘quiet achievements’ – those things you did but never really appreciated before. Those things that tell you more about who you are today than the big achievements like the degree or promotion or having kids.
It took me 13 years from attaining Gold LAMDA to realise and appreciate what I achieved at the age of 27 and all those years before. What stopped me? I didn’t understand the significance, I hadn’t connected the dots and seen the impact these discrete events had had on my whole.
They were lessons and achievements that have unconsciously formed the adult I have become, the friend, wife and partner I am, how I work, my strengths and weaknesses, how I view the world. Now they are in my consciousness I truly recognise myself now, I appreciate myself and I am finally ready to celebrate me!
This is particularly liberating for someone who usually focuses on others first, who adapts and conforms based on the majority, who will forego her own needs for others. Those intermittent feelings of insignificance, seeming invisible, under-appreciated and under-valued have been replaced with consistent feelings of strength, pride, fulfillment and happiness.
Before my Mum died she reminded me to celebrate who I was every day and to remember where I had come from.
I didn’t follow her advice….. until now. So, this one’s for you Mum!
So……. What have you done that you are really proud of? Not the obvious things, the other things that maybe you haven’t told anyone about, the ‘quiet achievements’ that have gone unnoticed but have made the biggest impact? How have they shaped who you are now?
Explore your childhood, awards you have received, talent(s) you have forgotten about, those experiences where you were literally on the edge….
Own them, feel them and share them!
Today I am celebrating my quiet achievements. Now let’s celebrate your’s!