Earlier in the week, I came across a list of questions on the Internet intended to engage two people in meaningful conversation. The questions are deep, thought-provoking, probing, and personal.
I tried to think of my answers as I went through the list, but one stuck out at me:
“What is your greatest accomplishment?”
I’ve been reflecting a great deal on my most recent accomplishment–becoming a published author. My initial thought was to answer with that.
But then I thought of all the solo female travel I’ve done. Maybe independent travel is my biggest accomplishment.
Yet I couldn’t choose between the two.
So I dug deeper.
I remembered the many hardships I went through to write my book, many of which are outlined in its preface. And then I remembered how I fought through a knot in my stomach each time I set off on a solo excursion abroad.
And then I remembered what it was like to go to my first professional acting audition, to send in my first freelance writing query, to get my first official rejection. But beyond that, I remembered pushing through the rejections, time and again, to follow my passions, my dreams.
In all of my accomplishments, I’ve never been fearless. But I have stared fear in the face and persevered. Courageous people aren’t fearless people; they are the ones who are scared to death but go head to head against their fears anyway.
My greatest accomplishment? It’s believing in myself.
On the days when writing a 254-page book seemed a daunting task, I never doubted that I could and would do it. All the times that I hugged my backpack to my chest on sketchy bus rides, homesickness creeping in, I still trusted in my instincts and personable nature to embrace the culture I was about to immerse myself in.
Every rejection I received after an audition or writing submission was a challenge to press on.
Believing that I can do whatever I set my mind to is, hands down, my greatest accomplishment.
Think really hard about what you consider your greatest accomplishment to be. If you find that you can’t decide between two, reflect on the journey that led you toward each of these.
I’ll bet you’ll find that believing in yourself is your biggest accomplishment, too.