Sure, it’s nice to be told by parents, friends or loved ones that they are proud of you, but who says you can’t be proud of yourself? All too often, we overlook our own accomplishments or compare ourselves to others. It’s also very easy to focus only on the negatives and not the positives in life. However, there are times when everyone should simply step back and be proud of the things they are doing themselves, including you!
1. When You Multi-Task
Whether it is juggling the tricky task of making food while also watching the kids or rapidly switching between e-mails, phone calls and meetings at work, your ability to effectively multi-task is something of which you should be proud. MBC Psychology conducted research on multi-tasking and found that women are naturally better at juggling To-Do lists than men are. So, next time you pull off a bunch of different tasks and chores at the same time and the hubby and kids fail to notice, don’t be shy to give yourself that well-deserved pat on the back and bask in the proud glow of a job well done!
2. When You Are Feeling Ambitious
Believe it or not, many women are not proud of being ambitious because they think it means that they are selfish and place their own needs ahead of others. This results in a feeling of guilt or shame instead of pride if they are ambitious and want to make a success of their career. Don’t fall into this trap! Stand up for yourself, apply for the positions you deserve, and ask for that raise to which you’re entitled. Your contributions are valuable, and being proud of what you accomplish makes you a role model for others.
3. When You Look In The Mirror
Instead of spending your time in front of the mirror criticizing your appearance or wishing for improvements, take the time to feel proud of what you have. By taking a long hard look at yourself without any critical judgement, you will see that you have a lot of which to be thankful and proud. We could all eat a healthier diet and exercise more regularly, but focusing on the negative instead of being proud of all the positives isn’t doing anyone, especially you, any favors.
4. When You Enjoy Sex
For a very long time society has ostracized women who are perceived to have higher than average sex drives, while also perpetuating the myth that women naturally have lower sex drives than men. The fact of the matter is that women who enjoy sex often feel guilty or ashamed when, in fact, they should feel proud of having a natural, healthy sexual appetite. Be proud of your sex appeal and appetite for a healthy love life; doing so will lead to a happier, more fulfilled relationship that is free from the distortions imposed by society.
5. When You Fend For Yourself
Thankfully, the days of being dependent on a man for all your needs are long in the past and any woman standing on her own two feet should be proud of her independence. Whether it is paying the bills on time, doing your job or enjoying your hobbies, it is important to take pride in your accomplishments. This doesn’t mean that you can’t rely on the help of others at times of course, but always be proud of the fact that you are making your own choices in life.
6. When You Are Brave
Life is not always easy, and any women reading this will have undoubtedly experienced her fair share of troubles and turmoil. However, you can be proud of the fact that you have had the courage to face these experiences and overcome them, while also becoming a stronger person in the process. Even small things, such as the courage to apologize, to take responsibility for your actions, to love or to learn from your mistakes are something of which to be proud.
7. When You Are Compassionate
Compassion is not a sign of weakness, so if you have ever empathized with others or forgiven someone you have reason to be proud of yourself. This doesn’t mean you have to be everyone’s doormat, but giving the occasional second chance is something to be proud of and not ashamed.