What makes you proud – of yourself, of your relationships, of other achievements?
How can you be proud of the investments you make?
Having a sense of pride allows us to find purpose and helps us be who we want to be, even during difficult times.
Pride is something people seem to look back with at the end of their lives, alongside regret and the things they weren’t so proud of.
What they’re most proud of often signals what was most important to them; what they valued the most.
So it seems to me that we need to live in ways that give us plenty of things to look back on and be proud of.
The way we responded, the way we loved. The kindness we offered. The decisions we took. The effort we made. The things we stuck with, even when the going got tough.
The things we invested in. The time we spent. The difference we made.
Our courage and bravery.
What would give you that sense of pride right now?
And what can you work towards that will give you that feeling?
If we can be proud of ourselves on a daily basis, if we know we’re living in alignment with our deepest values, then we know we’re on the right path.
And if we can make decisions and invest in things based on what we think we’ll be most proud of in the long run, we’re much less likely to have regrets.
Don’t just look back with pride. Live in pride today and feel that enveloping you when times are hard.
How can you behave and show up in ways that make you feel the most pride?
Pride in yourself, who you’re being, how you’re living, what you’re modelling.
Pride in your relationships, in what you invest and who you are within them, regardless of how things turn out.
Pride in any other achievements and your ability to bounce back; to be resilient and resourceful.
When you’re living in ways that make you feel proud, you’ll be living in alignment with what you value most. And a confidence will grow from that – a
natural confidence that would never come from building accolades or investing in things that don’t really matter.
Pride brings us back to our hearts. And our hearts hold the answers, so we need to let them show us the way.