Tip #110: Track your progress.
The Why: Some people in life will tell you that you should never look back, only keep moving forward. Some people in life will tell you that it’s not about how you get there, it’s your destination that counts. Some people in life will tell you that you should always and only think about the next steps.
I completely disagree.
To feel like a true success, even if you haven’t reached your end goal, you absolutely should, and must, look at how far you have come.
Climbing Mount Everest is a long an arduous journey (that I haven’t done), but I would postulate that even reaching the half-way mark would feel like an amazing feat of human strength and inner will.
So, when making your anxiety goals, make sure to track your progress.
Whether this involves ticking them off one by one, keeping a mental checklist, getting creative and drawing a path to the ultimate goal of being anxiety free, keep track of how far you have come.
This is because there will be days of relapse, days of doubt, days of hardship, days of I-thought-I-was-better-but-I’m-not. These days are going to suck.
But you know what will get you through?
Being able to look at this list of steps you have taken, brilliant things you have done, times you defeated anxiety, and know that you’re on the right track.
Keeping a list means that you can visibly see that you can and will overcome anxiety and all its manifestations.
It makes the journey far easier. It shows anything is possible.
So however you decide to monitor your progress, I can’t recommend doing it enough.
Inspire yourself to continue, and always remember your journey. Don’t dwell on how far you have left to go, but rather on how far you have come.