by Guest Blogger, Lena West, Chief Social Media Strategist at xynoMedia Technology
(Note: End-of-the-year, feel-good, set-some-goals, rah rah posts annoy me so this post is not that.)
And, I have to say that for the most part, I always get the best of each year. There were some serious challenges this year - a friend who almost lost her home (thanks to you and the rest of my network, that didn't happen), a client who was seriously from Hades and a slap in the face about the need to upgrade my mobile strategy immediately if not sooner - to those things I said, "And this too shall pass"...and they did.
So often we get to the end of each year and focus on what we DIDN'T get done, we fail to recognize and, more importantly, bask in the glory of what DOES get done.
I got tired of beating up on myself like that so at the end of each year, I started making a list of all the things I DID get done.
Since I can't remember everything, I set aside about an hour and looked through my calendar. I find that looking at each day on my schedule was able to mentally transport me back to that day and I could better recall my wins.
The first time I did this, I was absolutely AMAZED. I came up with 2 full pages of accomplishments and lessons-learned. I thought to myself, never again will I trivialize all that things I do each year. No way, no how.
What made the list? Items like: "...listened to myself about avoiding the project with client X and turns out, I was right" and "met target number of speaking engagements" and "had a hard conversation with Jane Doe about my boundaries".
Anytime I felt that I did something and it was a win - no matter how trivial it sounded - it made it to the list. Yes, some things were more substantial than others, but that's not the point.
Here are some of the things on my list for double-oh-seven:
- FINALLY created a new brand/look and feel for the company (yeah!)
- Received a 4.75 out of 5.0 on my speaker's evaluation for my presentation at the Social Media Summit
- Had a very successful four-city, west-coast speaking tour that started great conversations with potential clients and brought in new clients
- 'Escaped' to Miami for several weekends to just relax...and no one knew! :)
- Updated my personal style 'look' and created a signature element of my own style (this was no easy feat!)
- Read more books this year than the last
- Realized that not every therapeutic massage needs to be a full-on spa experience and as a result, I found an "around the way spa" with great technicians and kept semi-regular spa appointments for self-preservation and sanity's sake
Forget about all the dumb resolutions. Just take a look at what you DID get done this year.
Honor yourself by taking the time to acknowledge your accomplishments - large and small - and see them for what they are- stepping stones to a more powerful coming year.
Bottomline: So, what did you DO this year? Don't think about it, just click 'comment' and share with the Lipsticking family what you DID this year. Don't qualify your DIDs, celebrate them. No buts or ifs. Your list will inspire other 'Lipstickers'...and it'll inspire you to think bigger and better about next year. C'mon, give yourself some credit.