Every now and then we are hard on ourselves and feel bad about our lack of progress. We feel guilty that we’ve missed a Torah class, guilty about skipping the gym, or slipping up and doing something we know we shouldn’t have. But, It's important to take a moment to reflect on our journey and recognize the progress we've made. Celebrating our accomplishments and allowing ourselves to feel proud of ourselves can be a powerful motivator for counting to grow.
Take me as an example. You might have read my story and looking back, it seems like I’ve achieved a lot in a short amount of time. But there were plenty of times when I said this was the last time I’m leaving the house with pants, or this is the last time I’m breaking Shabbat, and I felt plenty guilty. I let that guilt help me grow. I didn’t let those bad feelings have any power over me because if I did, I would have given up and never have reached my destination. Am I where I want to be? No but, I push myself and strive to become a better version of myself.
Step back and look on what you’ve done. Instead of beating yourself up, celebrate your success, no matter how small! Remember, progress is slow, and it's okay to have setbacks or face challenges along the way. Embracing these hurdles as opportunities for learning is an important part of the journey. Be kind to yourself.
We will always feel guilty about what we haven’t done, but it is important that we remind ourselves that it is only a temporary setback.
So, celebrate the steps we've taken, big or small, and allow ourselves to experience happiness and pride in our accomplishments. Continue striving towards greatness.