Did you miss me last week? It was a killer week, and probably the highlight of my year so far, work-wise. It’s important to take a moment to give yourself a pat on the back, not just when hitting milestones, but also when it seems like it’s going to pot along the way.
As Bran said in Game of Thrones, “You were exactly where you were supposed to be,” inferring that everything leading up to that point – the good, the bad, the ugly and the pretty – brought you there.
So, here’s how it went:
Monday: presentation of findings from one-on-ones interviews with leadership and 15 property managers to understand what is going well, and pinpoint areas of improvement. They were refreshingly transparent as well as fervently loyal.
Tuesday: compilation of 80+ teams of 6 for an upcoming activity challenge for a global private equity firm – these folks are super competitive and we set up a 3-week structure where they get points for steps, volunteering, posting fun photos, sharing collaboration comments and participating in an on-site activity. We’re talking complex (but FUN).
Thursday: guest speaker to 50+ women at a Fly Female Founders on the topic of self-sabotage and getting out of your own way on the path to success. These women were powerhouses!
Friday: sent a proposal to a Balance Integration prospect, AND closed registration for the upcoming Montauk Retreat AND set up a consult for a new coaching client.
Plus, getting my exercise on and doing my best to NOT alienate my friends and family.
I kicked butt, if I do say so myself and not only because my clients, attendees and prospects were impressed and happy, but because I felt I was prepared, fulfilled and gave it my all.
What more can we ask of ourselves? NOTHING.
Even if last week was a colossal failure, it’s still worth reviewing and noting what was done well and areas to improve. In fact, even though I rocked it, I will still self-evaluate to further my growth and skills.
Self-critique is essential for all of us. NOT self-judgement where you use judgy guilt-ridden words, but self-critique where you objectively evaluate your successes and missteps. How?
Ask people how you did and for constructive feedback
Review your presentations and adjust. Follow up with a note and some additional observations
Check your gut – it usually is perceptive
Notice what happens a week later: Crickets? You may have missed the mark. Lots of activity? You likely shined.
On the other side of things, when someone asks you for feedback or does something that you find impressive, let them know. My client sent me a lovely note that I will treasure. That is a good manager.
Above all, be kind to yourself in the process. We are a work in progress. One that deserves recognition when we nail it, and support when we don’t. Ask for it, give it and for goodness sake, give yourself a pat on the back every once in a while.
And maybe even a lovely cocktail to celebrate.
Chief MOJO Maker™