10 Superb Reasons You Should Record Your Accomplishments, All Your Life

Ron McIntyre
4 min readSep 22, 2023

Life is a beautiful journey filled with highs and lows, triumphs, and tribulations. Every experience teaches us something; every achievement is a testament to our hard work, dedication, and resilience. Every failure is an opportunity to learn, adapt, or make something better.

Recording these accomplishments, even significant failures and recoveries is not just about bragging rights; it’s about recognizing and valuing your personal growth.

Being yourself in a world where everyone tries to make you fit their mold is challenging and rewarding. We are surrounded by people who want us to be something else, social media hounding us to imitate someone else, or biases that make finding reality difficult; therefore, recording our history as honestly and clearly as possible is phenomenal.

Here are ten compelling reasons you should make a lifelong habit of recording your accomplishments:

1. Self-Reflection: Recording your achievements allows you to reflect on your personal and professional growth. It’s a means of seeing how far you’ve come and recognizing the hurdles you’ve overcome. When you want to reinvent yourself or expand your horizons, looking back at your accomplishments and failures will provide a roadmap to follow or explore.

2. Boosts Self-Esteem: Celebrating your achievements, big or small, can significantly increase your self-esteem. It serves as a reminder of your capabilities and strengths. However, you need to include your role and who was involved with the accomplishments because we often allow pride to puff up, and the achievement is all about us and can become very selfish. Always give credit where it is due.

3. Aids in Goal Setting: By recording what you’ve accomplished, you can identify patterns, set benchmarks, and establish future goals that align with your personal and professional ambitions. Goal setting is the only way you can accomplish great things. Without goals, we flounder; without knowing it, we live someone else’s dreams. We lose out on the plans we began with, and life becomes disappointing.

4. Motivation: When you feel low or face challenges, revisiting your list of accomplishments will inspire you to keep moving forward. We must understand that when we are under fire or have pressured ourselves into a corner by someone else’s emotions, taking time to reflect will give us a burst of energy to try a different approach or alignment so we can press one.

5. Professional Growth: A well-documented record of achievements can be invaluable when applying for a job, negotiating a raise, or seeking a promotion. It serves as tangible evidence of your skills, commitment, and value. In an interview, you will be asked to tell them about any accomplishments related to the job you are applying for. Without having a record, you rely on memory, which is often flawed, exaggerated, or just plain false. If you have recorded your accomplishments correctly and honestly, you speak from experience and truth.

6. Legacy Building: Recording accomplishments is a way of building a legacy. It’s a chronicle of your journey, achievements, and contributions that can inspire and guide future generations. The key to understanding legacy-building finds us looking at the motivation. Who is the recipient of the legacy? Is it to benefit humanity or to have our name remembered or revered, providing us with no tangible good after death? If the gift you are striving to leave is to benefit humanity, then we can rest in peace, as can our heirs.

7. Improved Mental Health: Recognizing and valuing your accomplishments can enhance mental well-being by reducing feelings of inadequacy or impostor syndrome. It can provide a tangible way to fight personal demons, perceived wokeism, culture cancellation, or any other pressure a divisive society wants to force on us. It will provide a stable picture of what we have done despite all the negativity around us.

8. Continuous Learning: When you record your achievements, you also record the lessons learned. It helps you avoid past mistakes and enables ongoing personal and professional development. It can also provide an insight into how you led, followed, embraced new ideas, innovated, trusted, or let go of old ideas whose time had come.

9. Enhanced Communication: Sharing your accomplishments can lead to valuable conversations, opening doors to networking, mentorship, and collaborations. It’s an opportunity to showcase your skills and passions, fostering connections with like-minded individuals.

10. Gratitude and Mindfulness: Taking the time to record and reflect on your achievements fosters a sense of appreciation for the experiences, opportunities, and people who have played a role in your journey. It instills a sense of mindfulness, making you more present and appreciative of every moment.

In conclusion, recording your accomplishments and significant failures with recovery is a rewarding practice that offers immediate and long-term benefits. It’s not just a log of tasks completed but a testament to your journey, growth, and the boundless potential within you.

Everyone can have sparks of brilliance or genius if they are allowed to provide thought, be listened to, add their experience, and have a willingness to find a workable solution to any social, scientific, medical, or political problem. Stifling others so we can dominate will add to our accomplishments, but it will not provide peace and joy from trustworthy, workable solutions to people’s problems.

Remember that each of us travels a different road with different interactions and timings. By reflecting on past trials and errors, we can stay centered, stabilized, and honest with ourselves and others. We are unique, and we should allow others the same privilege.

So, start today, and let your record be a beacon that lights your path throughout life.



Ron McIntyre

Ron McIntyre is a Leadership Anthropologist, Author, and Consultant, who, in semi-retirement, is looking to help people who really want to make a difference.