Going into space.
Our achievements seem to pale into insignificance compared.
Every achievement stands alone.
We can all list our achievements and believe they ‘don’t count,’ if we compare them with being a successful astronaut.
The point is, there is no comparison. It’s impossible to compare.
On Tuesday I asked a question about achievements and one of our Spinners commented that
she had no achievements to be proud of,
and that made me sad.
As a result, I decided to compile this list of
99 Achievements You May Have Overlooked (Not To Be Read All At Once)
Each one has been achieved by a person I know, or know about, and some of mine are in there too.
1. You create a cottage style garden, from scratch
2. You get out of bed in the morning when you’re severely depressed
3. You travel to London to work when you’re blind
4. You take up belly dancing again after a long break
5. You undergo chemo when you’re 6 years old
6. You undergo chemo when you’re 60 years old
7. You choose breast reconstruction
8. You choose not to have breast reconstruction
9. You pass your driving test after 13 attempts
10. You travel in a lift when you’re claustrophobic
11. You bring up your child alone
12. You are a carer for an elderly parent
13. You give up a well paid job to care for your sick child
14. You keep a ‘gnome’ on display in your garden, although you hate them, because it was a precious gift
15. You become a regular hospital visitor
16. You befriend a difficult neighbour
17. You teach your teenage son how to budget
18. You read Lord of the Rings without skipping any of it
19. You produce a Bat-Man fancy dress costume with 2 hours notice
20. You keep taking driving lessons although your hands leave damp patches on the steering wheel
21. You lose 8 pounds in weight in time for your son’s wedding
22. You help a child to make cup-cakes without losing your patience
23. You pay off your credit card
24. You cut up your store cards
25. You take a flight in a micro-lite, despite a fear of enclosed spaces
26. You go snorkelling despite a fear of deep water
27. You go up a long spiral staircase to the top of an ancient Italian tower despite an acute fear of heights
28. You leave your abusive partner after years of trying to do it
29. You climb a proper mountain for the first time
30. You give a talk to a large group of professionals in your field, despite your natural shyness
31. You go on holiday abroad by yourself after recovering from agarophobia
32. You walk a marathon with a friend for charity
33. You walk through a field of cows despite your fear of them
34. You go to adult swimming classes
35. You have an article accepted by a national magazine
36. You join a gym despite not liking exercise and go twice a week for 3 months
37. You pick up an enormous spider without showing your fear to your husband who’s petrified
38. You give up alcohol for a month to show you can
39. You drive on the motor way for the first time, despite your fears
40. You take control and sort out your difficult housing situation
41. You help an unemployed friend to update his CV and, as a result, he gets a job
42. You leave your comfort zone and fly abroad for the first time
43. You successfully learn to play golf so you can see more of your OH
44. You cure yourself of your chocolate addiction (well, almost)
45. You visit a friend in Intensive Care despite feeling very scared
46. You ask a child to teach you how to skateboard in the park
47. You painstakingly research your family history back to 1700
48. You go to the dentist for the first time for years
49. You sign up to a writing class and discover a hidden talent
50. You make jam for the first time and it sets!
51. You learn how to take excellent digital photos
52. You apply for a part-time job, now that the children are at school, and you love it
53. You go to assertiveness classes to help with bullying in the workplace
54. You receive one of the largest ‘office leaving collections’ ever
55. You are a ‘stubborn optimist’ (you know who you are!) despite being on dialysis for ten years
56. You are dyslexic and achieve your degree. You’re considering a Ph D to follow
57. You take a risk and get your ‘purple wallet’
58. You start a successful antique market stall with no previous experience
59. You complete your promotion exam for the prison service despite being severely dyslexic
60. You bravely decide to drop out of your uni course after a year of doubt and despair
61. You choose not to wear a wig when your hair falls out after chemo
62. You decide to travel abroad by yourself so you go off to China with ‘Just You’ (for solo travellers)
63. You undergo a 30 minute MRI scan despite your claustrophobia
64. You adopt a mistreated cat from Cat Rescue
65. You perform Karaoke at your daughter’s party in front of a room full of strangers
66. You sit with your father in hospital on his last day on this earth
67. You go horse riding for the first time since childhood
68. You achieve a 2.1 degree at 43 years old
69. You jump in the deep end and take Copyblogger’s 7 Link Challenge
70. You book up for piano lessons at 60
71. You write your autobiography and have it published
72. You travel to Canada to find your birth father
73. You hand in your notice for the job you’ve been unhappy in for ages
74. You take your cat to the vet knowing it’s his last journey
75. You finally learn how to make a decent cup of tea for your fussy MIL, despite never drinking tea yourself
76. You play the piano with your feet because you have no hands
77. You handle an enormous python, to prove you’re cured of s snake phobia
78. You stand up for yourself against a bullying boss
79. You sign up to take A-Level Art with your daughter at her college, and you get an ‘A’
80. You survive a stroke at 50 with great courage
81. You learn how to make Christmas pudding and it’s as good as his mum makes
82. You bravely remove the heads and tails from a plate of prawns to conquer your squeamishness
83. You decide to stop being a people pleaser and learn to say ‘no’ when you want to
84. You decide to take control of your children’s difficult behaviour and make a realistic plan to achieve it
85. You set aside a whole day every week to be you and stick to it
86. You make up your mind that you’re not just a housewife
87. You decide to stop harming yourself by pulling out your eyelashes. It’s not easy but you achieve it.
88. You join an internet dating site with confidence
89. You buy Dr Phil’s Book, Life Strategies, and start to follow his brilliant advice
90. You press publish on your very first blog post, despite the butterflies
91. You hold down a job you enjoy despite 4 hours daily commuting
92. You speak up at a business meeting despite worrying that you’ll look foolish
93. You run a successful Parenting Course, overcoming your self-doubt
94. You spend nearly a year writing a book, finally seeing it published
95. You put your child’s needs before your own, always.
96. You walk through a flurry of bees on the lavender path,although you’re terrified of them
97. You go into the anaesthetic room with your daughter without showing her your fears
98. You decide to start a blog to show your readers that Positivity can be found all around us
99. You complete writing/reading this list! Phew!
Still believe you have no achievements?
When you have a few hours to spare, write your own list.
I guarantee it will be a long one.
Why not add your most important achievement, in the comments?
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