I love this saying but I also recognize that being proud of ourselves is something we don’t think about very much, if at all. We are proud of our family and friends, for who they are and what they persevere through. We are proud to be Americans. But proud of ourself? That requires the conscious review of our accomplishments, only to be explored when sternly scolded by friends or therapist to do just that.
You know what’s much easier to do? The “Don’t Stop” part. We don’t take the time to reflect on what we have done to warrant the pride. It’s all about moving forward, the doing. I think that is how we honor our proud moments, no ticker tape parade or moment of “I did it”; we move on to the next thing with no consideration of what we have just achieved.
Everyday we all do things we should be proud of. From the littlest thing, in my case getting the toothpaste on the toothbrush, to the biggest, my taking Uber to places on my own. But there should be, at the very least, a moment of self-recognition. You went for it. You didn’t stop. You got it. Is there more to do, the next thing waiting? Absolutely. But the very next item on your task list should read: BE PROUD. I will if you will.