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What Have You Done Today to Make You Feel Proud?

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“I’m proud of you.” Aren’t those words nice to hear? Growing up it is probably one of the things we wanted to hear most from our parents. And as we have grown up and bought into insecurities along the way, it is natural to want the known approval and acknowledgment from others, especially those we love or aim to please. But striving to make another proud can sometimes steer us off course from our own purpose. And consistently yearning for a pat on a back from someone else reinforces relying on external validation to feel better about ourselves, perpetuating a consciousness of taking rather than creating.

A question to ponder: Are you hooked up to an external pride IV pumped with other people’s expectations and approval? Are you doing things in your life that are about appeasing someone else rather than coming from an internal desire? Do you not feel confident or successful unless you hear “I’m proud of you” from an outside source? If so, it is high time to starting pumping some pride through your veins! Feeling proud is wonderful which becomes even more wonderful when it is self-driven and self-acknowledged. Do not wait for someone else to praise you in order to feel fantastic about yourself. Everyday set the intention to do something or behave in some way that generates pride which is defined as “a feeling of self-respect and personal worth.” And after you do, make sure to say to yourself, “I’m proud of you!”

You are worthy, you are deserving, and you are already a success.

So what have you done today to make you feel proud?

Fondly,

Christine Hassler

“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us.”—Jane Austen

“Pride is a personal commitment. It is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity.”—William Blake

“Proud” by Heather Small

I look into the window of my mind
Reflections of the fears I know I’ve left behind
I step out of the ordinary
I can feel my soul ascending
I am on my way
Can’t stop me now
And you can do the same

What have you done today to make you feel proud?
It’s never too late to try
What have you done today to make you feel proud?
You could be so many people
If you make that break for freedom
What have you done today to make you feel proud?

Still so many answers I don’t know
Realize that to question is how we grow
So I step out of the ordinary
I can feel my soul ascending
I am on my way
Can’t stop me now
And you can do the same

What have you done today to make you feel proud?
It’s never too late to try
What have you done today to make you feel proud?
You could be so many people
If you make that break for freedom
What have you done today to make you feel proud?

We need a change
Do it today
I can feel my spirit rising
We need a change
So do it today
‘Cause I can see a clear horizon

What have you done today to make you feel proud?
So what have you done today to make you feel proud?
‘Cause you could be so many people
If you make that break for freedom
So what have you done today to make you feel proud?
What have you done today to make you feel proud?
What have you done today
You could be so many people?
Just make that break for freedom
So what have you done today to make you feel proud? 


Originally published on Christine Hassler

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