As you move forward in pursuit of your goal, make sure you stop to review and reflect on how you’re doing. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate process. It can be as simple as making that regular appointment with yourself to go over your plan.
You know the obvious reasons for doing it: to evaluate whether your plan is working, whether you’re moving forward, what’s not working, what is working, what needs to happen, etc.
But that’s not all. When you check in with yourself, you honour the person who’s showing up and working towards the goal. You get a chance to appreciate your own growth and progress, what challenges you’ve overcome, what competencies you’ve gained.
There’s something so valuable in simply seeing yourself. When we usually crave external validation, it’s because we haven’t practiced acknowledging ourselves in the first place. Even if it’s just the simple satisfaction of knowing you showed up, appreciate your efforts, chef!