Why Its Important to Acknowledge Our Accomplishments

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. ~Benjamin Franklin

Since personal evolution is most often a slow and gradual process, it can be difficult to recognize the scope of the changes taking place in our lives. Yet to continue to seek the path of growth and inquiry, it's important that we regularly acknowledge our ongoing growth and the subtle transformation that has already occurred  as a reminder of our capacity to change. 

If we look closely at our lives, we may see that much of what brings us pleasure in the present is representative of the ambitions of our past that we worked so hard to attain — that aspects of the life we are living, however small, were once the subject of our dreams. Now those things are a reality, one we created through our diligence, passion and determination. Whether our progress is fast or slower than we had hoped, it's a success to celebrate. 

That said it is hard to step outside of ourselves and see the challenges that no longer exist because there are always one that still do! For me creating a list of the strengths, aptitudes, and inner qualities I now hold but once questioned has helped me see and accept that I am not the same person I was one year ago, five years ago, or 10 years ago. My level of self-awareness, willingness to speak my truth and trust in the unfolding nature of life was different even two months ago. Bit by bit we are all growing.

It took me a long time to understand that acknowledging growth is neither boastful nor immodest. Evolution is a natural fact of life and becomes a potent motivational force when celebrated. Knowing that we are brighter, stronger, and more grounded than we once were gives us the strength to look forward with confidence to the changes yet to come. And by acknowledging this growth, we continue to build a sturdy foundation upon which we can continue the process of transformation and self-betterment. 

In the end, it’s not the size of the change that counts; What’s important is acknowledging that we are growing and creating our best life.

Sachi Doctor

Elemental Alchemy, 90 Rio Vista Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94611

Sachi Doctor is an Ayurvedic practitioner and holistic health coach who founded Elemental Alchemy with the mission to provide a resource for those navigating their way towards optimal mind-body health.

Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at a young age, Sachi has spent over twenty years exploring different health modalities, treatment plans, diets and mindfulness practices to help alleviate chronic pain and restore balance.

After years of looking to others for a model of health with no relief, Sachi realized that the answers she sought were not hidden in someone else’s prescription for wellness but unique to her, and that the first step towards discovery was actually tuning out what was right for others and tuning into herself.

As she tapped into the wisdom of her own body, she discovered that the elements foundational for health  — the blueprint she so fervently sought — was within her, within each of us. Since then Sachi has been passionate about helping others also cultivate clarity and inner wisdom for vibrant health.

In addition to her Ayurvedic and nutrition education, Sachi has completed over 800 hours of yoga teacher training and continues to study with her mother, her first yoga teacher, for whom these practices are a way of life.

Sachi is a board member of the Prison Yoga Project at San Quentin State Prison and serves as an ambassador for Yoga Gives Back, a non-profit that raises funds within the US yoga community to support microcredit programs for women in India. She holds a Msc in Development from the London School of Economics.