“You’ll never know what went well – Then again it just depends on – How long of time is left for you “
I love that line in this song! Much about our accomplishments and how we define them depends on us. There’s still time.
There are only 3 more Mondays left in 2016.
Does that make you feel excited or dreadful?
Do you feel like you’ve maximized your time or squandered it?
Are you giddily awaiting the freshness of 2017 or are you thinking it’s arriving too soon?
Are you focused on your accomplishments from this year or thinking another year will arrive and you’ll be underwhelmed with your success?
For me, I am focused on:
how hard I worked this year,
how I took care of myself,
where I fell short on honoring my self-love commitments,
fond memories with friends,
and how I nurtured my family to the best of my ability.
This week, I plan to review my journal – where I captured my daily accomplishments – most evenings of this year. I will look for themes, patterns, and desires that will serve as a pathway for 2017.
Next week I’m going to create a digital scrapbook of pictures from my coaching events and workshops. I’m going to add some messages from email feedback I received, and add some sentiments from handwritten letters clients, workshop participants, and collaborative partners sent to me.
Then during the final week of this month, I’m going to update my accomplishment statement. I’m going to clearly identify and boldly state the ways I succeeded, soared, stretched, and rocked 2016 like a bold boss.
Accomplishment statement? What in the world is that?
Accomplishment statements describe your achievements and experiences that build you up, highlight your talents, capture your growth, and provide a space to pat yourself on your back.
Accomplishment statements are concise, elegant, and specific. You get to set the criteria for what is considered an accomplishment.
I encourage clients to write accomplishments statements for:
- Interview materials
- Reflecting at the end of a project or calendar year
- Personal calls-to-actions and goal setting
- Solidifying self-love habits
Here are the simple, yet effective, steps you can follow to create your accomplishment statement:
- Set a timer for 5-to-10 minutes.
- Write down all your accomplishments and achievements for a certain periods of time (e.g. last 5 years, calendar year, based on quarters, one month, etc.)
- Select 5 accomplishments that make you the most proud.
- Set a timer for 5-to-10 minutes and write down all your skills and talents.
- Using between 100-to-200 words, outline a problem or challenge you dealt with or that you had to manage.
- Share the focus and outcome based on the actions you took.
- Talk about your role and which skills you employed.
- Use strong action words that set the tone for your hard work, dedication, and pride in what you were able to accomplish.
Remember you are talking about yourself and you know yourself best. Don’t hold back. Be clear and celebrate your achievements.
It’s OK to pat yourself on the back.
Do you have an accomplishment statement? Does it sound like the real you? What updates or changes will you make?
Share your accomplishment statements with me.