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How do you recognise your worth, your value, your essence, what makes you, you?

How do you mark the passage of events, experiences, achievements, adversity?

How do you categorise your memories? How do you place meaning on what has happened? How do you realise learning and development?

All of this is so important because if we do not then our subconscious will do so for us, often with the parameters of a tiny child, or with the biased filter of an hyper-vigilant amygdala.

We then can find ourselves through a self-fullfilling cycle of negativity, being stuck in the same story and the same outcomes just with different faces.

One of the ways out of this is to take time out of your day, your week, your month to just take stock of what has happened and what this means for you.

Celebration Monday is in its 7th year since inception. Every Monday, bar two (one bank holiday when no-one realised it was monday and one when no-one wanted it to be a monday), there has been an exchange between two of us where we actively celebrate the stand out moments, pull out the learning and in essence mark the experiences that have or will define us.

So the challenge is this – choose a friend, choose a day, on that day sit, have a muse, think about what are the standout events, acheivements and lessons for that week. This is your celebration so you can have anything on this list. It is important though that you really think about why you want to celebrate it. It can be anything from recognising old patterns come to say hello to noticing the beauty of the changing season. It really can be anything!

By doing exercises like this you can ensure that you are making good use of all your experiences and that you are not going to move through life in a trance-like way in a clockwork orange type of validation of conditioning. You can choose relevance, you can place meaning and you can celebrate the uniqueness and wonder of who you are.

When starting anything new remember that the brain likes familiar and hates uncertainty so even when starting something that will be good for you long-term the brain will attempt to bring you back to your original state. You are not broken, this is just how the brain works. Remember this and put in extra support for you (ego) whenever you are wanting to start a new habit. It takes 56 days to create a new neural pathway, not 56 seconds. Think about that.

So now to finish as started –

How will you recognise your worth, your value, your essence, what makes you, you?

How will you mark the passage of events, experiences, achievements, adversity?

How will you categorise your memories? How will you place meaning on what has happened? How will you realise learning and development?

It is important. Start a new habit. A habit of celebration. Celebrating YOU

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