When was the last time you took to reflect on your successes? At the end of the year (quarter or even month) you should take time to review what you have accomplished and take a moment to bask in the warmth of those successes.
Because if you don’t, then who will?
So often we are busy moving from one project to the next that we fail to recognize just how much we have accomplished. We fail to take a moment and just enjoy the obstacles we have overcome before moving on to the next project.
Reflect on Your Successes for Performance Reviews
One key benefit of reflection is to help you prepare for your annual performance review. Often companies will ask employees to rate their own performance in preparation for their performance evaluation. If you aren’t regularly recording your accomplishments you may have a struggle to actually remember all that you have done over the course of the last year.
Periodically reflecting on success and recording those accomplishments will help you share those achievements to your boss. Let’s face it, there are many things that you achieve that your boss rarely knows about. Your boss just assumes that you will get the job done but doesn’t know about the details of all you had to overcome to achieve that success.
Take time to record those details so that you can share the success with your boss.
Reflect on Your Successes to Preparation for Promotions
Another important reason to reflect on your success is so that you are armed with the facts necessary to show you are ready for the next step in your career. Put numbers to each of those successes:
- Time saved
- Money Earned
- Profits Achieved
- New Contracts Signed
- Percentage of Sales Increased
Whatever the number is – make sure you take the time to recognize the value of your success. Business coach and consultant Alan Weiss, Ph.D. often says “make them identify the cost of not doing business with you.” His key to successful negotiation is to identify the value you bring to the project, the department and/or the company.
Reflect on Your Successes for Your Own Awareness
Women in business are famous for dismissing the value they bring by crediting those around her or making comments like “I was just doing my job.”
The reality is that we are moving so fast we rarely take time to acknowledge the value we bring. If for no other reason than to understand your own worth, take time to reflect on your successes.
- Keep a file of thank you emails, texts, and notes that you receive. This is a great file to review when you are having one of those days when Murphy’s Law abounds.
- Have a notebook close at hand where you can jot down the key points of a project so that when it does come time to share what you have accomplished over a period of time you have a point of reference to help jog your memory.
- Keep your resume up to date. As loyal workers, we tend to stay for extended periods of time with a single company and therefore, don’t remember to update our resume. And then when it comes to having an updated resume for a promotion or new job opportunity, it takes forever to gather the details. Take time once a year to update your resume with the projects and goals you have achieved. Remember to quantify each bullet point with the value that new skill or project achieved.
Bottom line, you are a success. Others know it. Your boss counts on it. And if you aren’t feeling particularly successful it may be because you haven’t take the time to reflect on your successes.
I invite you to check out my latest book Accelerate Your Impact. The worksheets and examples will help guide you through the process of understanding the value you bring and the direction you may want for your career.
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JJ DiGeronimo — the president of Tech Savvy Women — is a speaker, author, and thought leader for women in tech and girls and STEM. Through her work, JJ empowers professional women and consults with senior executives on strategies to retain and attract women in technology to increase thought and leadership diversity within organizations.
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