I usually feel I’ve achieved nothing in life- no high flying career, no warm group of true, close friends, no luxurious lifestyle paid for by my large salary and flourishing investments.
But it occurred to me that those are not the only achievements in life and probably many people feel the same as I do. So I looked for alternatives to these achievements and here they are courtesy of Tiny Buddha. I’ve cut straight to the 30 things, but there is more information in the post here:
Your Relationships with Others
1. Ask someone who is struggling if there’s any way you can lighten their load and then follow through.
2. Show up for someone who needs help—moving, packing, or doing anything that’s easier with an extra set of hands.
3. Plan, organize, or assist with a party or event for someone you love and/or value.
4. Support someone in a fundraiser, online of offline.
5. Respond calmly to a tough situation to keep a small issue from escalating into something much bigger.
6. Speak up for someone who otherwise might not have a voice, or may be too scared to use it.
7. Volunteer your skills and talents to help someone, whether that means proofreading a friend’s resume or cleaning their kitchen.
8. Offer a random act of kindness to someone without expecting anything in return.
9. Give something of yours to someone else if you think they need it more than you.
10. Point someone in the direction of a resource, group, or event that could be life-changing for them.
Your Relationship with Yourself
11. Set a clear boundary in a relationship that lacks them, thereby taking good care of yourself.
12. Follow through on a commitment to yourself, whether it’s to exercise, eat healthy foods, or to try something new.
13. Replace a negative, self-defeating thought with a positive, self-affirming one—and believe it.
14. Stick with something you’re tempted to quit knowing that what matters most is your commitment to the journey.
15. Improve how you deal with criticism, receiving it with an open-mind, without self-judgment.
16. Trust and follow your intuition instead of depending on someone else to define what’s best for you.
17. Forgive yourself for a mistake, creating more space in your mind to see, enjoy, and appreciate what’s right in front of you.
18. Choose a healthy coping mechanism to deal with emotional pain—like deep breathing or taking a walk—instead of doing something self-destructive.
19. Honor your own needs, creating more balance in your life.
20. Allow yourself to get into the zone with something you enjoy instead of overwhelming yourself with persistent mental chatter.
Your Relationship with the World
21. Purchase consciously to support businesses that follow ethical practices.
22. Become conscious of your environmental impact, and try one of these 50 ways to help the planet.
23. Make a microloan through an organization like Kiva to help and empower people around the globe.
24. Recycle. (You can recycle a lot more than you may think!)
25. Pay it forward. Do something kind for someone and tell that person to return the favor to someone else.
26. Give old clothes to charity instead of throwing them away.
27. Volunteer your time to help people in need. (Or do something simpler, like using the game atFreeRice.com to help end hunger.)
28. Donate marrow to someone whose life depends on it. (You can start by registering onmarrow.org.)
29. Do some research on your own to find a charity organization that you believe in and then tell three people about it.
30. Follow Gandhi’s advice and “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Read more here: http://tinybuddha.com/blog/30-accomplishments-to-be-proud-of/