Happy New Year! Wow time flies. I know some people like to start off a new year with an intention or a goal. Others choose a word or phrase as the theme of the year. Wherever you fall, in today’s video I am proposing a resolution of sorts that I think we should all consider. And that resolution is to make yourself proud! This might seem obvious, but I find that it isn’t always the focus. More often than not, we make choices to feel important, gain recognition, and fit in. Making other people proud tends to be the means to making ourselves proud. However, it really should be the other way around. No matter what your goals may be or where you are in life, making yourself proud should be the number one priority. It’s freeing when you can focus first on making your own self proud before worrying about anyone else. I used to struggle a lot with this. Feelings of approval and acceptance were so important that I was more focused on what others thought of me than what I thought of me. The strange thing is that I actually liked who I was, but sometimes acted out of character to feel included. Whew. “Vulnerability moment” right there for you. Despite how uncomfortable it is to get honest like that, I want you to know that you’re not alone if you feel that way too. Plus, I think it’s an important reminder for all of us to check in on where we stand. Are you making yourself proud? In today’s video, I share a bit of the backstory for why this is such an important question and one that we all may want to ask ourselves. For those of you with young kids, today’s video will also teach an important nuance in celebrating your child’s achievements without creating this conditioning. In doing so, you can help your children grow up with confidence and belief in just being themselves!