How to Acknowledge Yourself

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Charis Santillie's dining room table with an open journal, rose, and cup of tea
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🎧 👉 Prefer audio? You can also listen to me share about this in podcast episode #024 here.

In the personal development world, it’s fairly common to hear about the concept of gratitude. And I agree that gratitude is important.

Yet there’s something else that I don’t hear talked about nearly as much that is as important, if not more so, and that is:

Acknowledge yourself for all seemingly small ways you’ve been shifting.

In Fearless Living®, we have a very simple and specific way of doing this, and I will share it with you today.

It is the most powerful if you write it down instead of just saying it or thinking about it. I realized lately that I’d not done this myself in quite some time, and it’s something I’m going to commit to doing again.

For me, I think the changing of the seasons, the shedding of the leaves, the days getting shorter, the weather getting crisper—that’s all in alignment with a desire I’m having emotionally, physically, and mentally to slow down, go inward and reflect on the first nine and a half months of this year.

I invite you to join me in acknowledging yourself.

Grab a piece of paper and a pen, and I’ll tell you exactly what to do.

Write down this stem sentence: “Today, I acknowledge myself for _________.”

Start with at least five things, and if you want to write more, then let it flow. I’m personally going to go for at least 50.

Start with something like, “Today, I acknowledge myself for listening to this podcast.”

Then consider other things you’ve done this week, this month, or this year that have supported you and your life.

Don’t dismiss the seemingly small things, like when you spoke up and asked to go to the restaurant you really wanted to go to instead of just appeasing your friends and family. Or maybe you had a difficult conversation you’d been dreading for a while. Maybe you asked for help in some area of your life. Or maybe you enrolled in some courses and became a student again to enhance your life and learn something new. Maybe something emotional has shifted in you. Maybe you forgave yourself or someone for something. Or maybe you listened to your gut or intuition (instead of the sabotaging voices in your head) when you made a certain decision.

Consider any new action, any new thought, any new way you showed up in the world—all of it matters.

Always frame them in the positive and focus on what you’re doing, not what you’re not doing.

Don’t judge what you write. Everything and anything counts. Oh, and by the way, no one will see this. It is only for you. I do recommend you keep it, though, as evidence of your growth, especially when you’re having a bummer day.

Writing three to five of these a day is super effective in boosting your confidence and helping you feel truly empowered to make better choices—choices that will lead to more peace of mind, better health, stronger relationship, and overall better life balance.

So join me and go write some acknowledgments today. You deserve them. You are worthy of them. You are doing so much better than you realize.

Now go grab a piece of paper and a pen and prove it to yourself.

“Acknowledgements are a way of fueling and refueling your emotional energy with self-confidence. If you do them regularly, you wonʼt run out of gas.”

– Rhonda Britten, founder of the Fearless Living Institute

🎧 👉 Prefer audio? You can also listen to me share about this in podcast episode #024 here.

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