Past Success

Part 1.3 Of The Goals BootCamp

I recently came across a folded sheet of paper. Written on it was a long list.

It read:

  • Lived in Scotland for four years
  • Played in an orchestra
  • Skied in Austria for a week
  • Have six very good friends
  • Spent two months living with a French family
  • Passed all my 'O' level exams

  • Own own bicycle and cycle everywhere
  • Brother is one of my best friends

..... and on and on it continued, I was impressed!

But what was most impressive was that it was a list I had been asked to write when I was 18 years old and in my final week of school!

It was a list of my 'successes in life' - back then.

There is no question, that 'success list' immediately strengthened my sense of who I was and helped me build my confidence to take the next step along my journey - leaving home and going to college.

No matter where on life's journey YOU are right now,if you want to set and achieve new and challenging goals for yourself you must start by acknowledging:

- you already have been successful in some way

- you have a success list too and

- you have experiences of creating success in many areas of your life so much so you could now coach others!

In other words you are certainly not here today starting with a blank sheet.

So why is this important right now?.

It's important because when we are trying to move forward in our lives many of us are focussing on what it is that is going wrong, or what it is that we do not yet have, and are feeling massively frustrated as a result.

Frustration in itself can be a very good thing, we'll talk about that separately, but it is also critically important that we begin the goals bootcamp by building up your confidence, not letting it slip away.

For this reason having your own 'success list' is a perfect place to start.

So Here's What To Do Next

Take out your A4 notebook, laptop, smart phone, or wherever you are writing your notes... and write the heading:

'Successes In My Life To Date'

Now, list all the successes you have had that you can possibly think of.

(It doesn't matter whether they are big or small. What matters is that YOU view them as successes).

To start, you may find it useful to review your successes in terms of the nine life areas you are now familiar with.

  • Health & Fitness
  • Work & Career
  • Relationships
  • Social Life
  • Personal Development
  • Finances
  • Quality of Life
  • Spiritual
  • Contribution

(If you have any difficulty with this, you could ask other people to help you. They will have a different perspective on your life).

When you have completed this exercise ,you should have a very fine list of some of the successes YOU have already achieved in your life.


Make sure you hold on to this list! Add to it as you remember more and more from your past.

Now take a moment and slowly read through all the successes on that list. Read them one by one.

Now how are you feeling ....?

Head on over to my facebook page here and let me know!

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