When you’re a type-A personality that’s constantly going for the next thing, it’s hard to reflect and celebrate your successes.
As someone who deals with impostor syndrome on a daily basis (who am I to write this article anyway?!?), I know first-hand how hard it is to enjoy the fruits of my labor.
There’s no time for that. I’ve got other things to do!
However, what I’ve realized that if you don’t sit down and celebrate your successes they were all for nothing to begin with. And if you don’t remember to rejoice, sooner or later, you’ll forget about the success entirely.
Let me ask you:
When’s the last time you celebrated anything new you’ve created?
Probably the day you released it right? You gave yourself a pat on the back, maybe a nice steak dinner and then started planning what you’d do next.
I can’t believe I’m the only one that’s like this, so I’ll assume some of you who read this feel the same way.
But what if you could celebrate those successes all the time? And better yet, if you have a lot of different achievements you would be reminded of them all the time too!
That’s why I came up with the idea of a Success Calendar.
It’s a specific calendar where I put all of my professional accomplishments. It’s where I add my book releases, product launches, and musical milestones.
It might sound kind of weird and corny but it’s helpful for when you feel like everything you do is worthless and terrible.
All I need to do now is to look at my Success Calendar and be reminded that I’ve done cool things in the past that people loved. Knowing that makes me empowered to keep going. If I helped people in the past, there’s no reason they won’t appreciate my future assistance either.
At that point my inner monologue usually goes something like this:
Stop whining and feeling sorry for yourself. You got this. People are waiting for more from you, get back to work!
Affirmations are Too Easy
Affirmations are great if you want to achieve something you’ve never achieved before. But if you need the inspiration to keep performing once you’ve gotten to a certain point it’s even better to have concrete data to back up why you should feel good about yourself.
Saying “I AM A WINNER” into the mirror is a cliché. Saying “I am best-selling author” or “I’ve sold over $10,000 worth of my new product” or “I’ve helped hundreds of people do X better” is much more efficient because you have the facts to back you up.
An Alternative to the Success Calendar
If you don’t have any products, significant milestones or serious successes you feel comfortable putting on a calendar, I have an alternative for you.
It’s called the “Feel Good Folder.”
If you create content online and make an impact on your audience, you’ll eventually get thank you emails from your audience. Not everyone who you help will feel the need to show you their gratitude, but if you do it for long enough for a lot of people, you will eventually start getting compliments on your work.
That’s when you should create a special Feel Good Folder in your inbox.
It’s where you store all those emails so that you can refer to them whenever you feel like shit about everything you’re doing.
It’s especially important when you get hate mail, and people start trolling your social media feeds.
Trust me, you stick around enough in your industry, and it’ll happen eventually. And the worst part is, one negative comment will outweigh ten positive praises.
Once that happens the Feel Good Folder is even more important. Just take a look through the positive feedback people have given you to reinforce the importance of what you do.
Then, get back to work and make your mark on the world.
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