I am big on finding areas of improvement. As an analytical person by nature and trained coach, I can quite easily spot problems and ‘growth opportunities’ to work on in myself and in others.
So of course I will advocate for regular reflection about what you can do differently in order to see more results in business.
But this Christmas, allow me to suggest a win log. Like a yule log but for all of your wins.
It is so important to big ourselves up and be our own biggest cheerleaders as female founders. Not only so that we can go out there and solve important problems and continue to do our best work but also given the context that we live in. We are still surviving a global health crisis, living in times of economic change and uncertainty and the trappings of patriarchal oppression can cling tight.
In order to believe in ourselves and our businesses as forces for good in the world we have to prime our brains to find the good. That’s because instinctively, it can be easier to spot what isn’t working.
Even as a coach I will slip into ‘yeah but…’ after acknowledging a win in my business, it can be so easy to allow my brain to go looking for the things that weren’t so great or reasons that this ‘win’
But my wish (for you and for me) is that we feel as positively about ourselves and our businesses as we possibly can. So that we can be in the best position possible to do the work that matters. Training our brains to find the good not only makes us enjoy life more, but where attention goes, energy flows and so we will ultimately create more reasons to be positive if we look for them intentionally.
So this Christmas, as you mince the pies, mull the wine and get ready for questions from family about your year, let’s get your win log ready.
How to write your win log
Step 1: Write your Annual Win Log by answering these questions. Write freely, whatever comes to mind
- What are your proudest achievements this year?
- How have you grown professionally?
- Which project was the most impactful to the business?
- Who did you help the most this year and how?
- What’s your biggest lesson learned?
- What did you enjoy most?
Step 2: Write your Monthly Win Log by finding three wins for every month of the year
These could be things that you are proud of, that you learnt, that went well, or that you got positive feedback on. You may want to use your calendar, client testimonials, social inboxes or timelines, your diary emails to source evidence of your wins. No win is too small!
Step 3: Get social!
Even as a coach I will slip into ‘yeah but…’ after acknowledging a win in my business, it can be so easy to allow my brain to go looking for the things that weren’t so great or reasons that this ‘win’ [wasn’t all that great].
Want my Notion template to create your own Win Log? Create a duplicate here.
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About your author
Ellen Donnelly is Founder and Chief Coach at The Ask. She provides early stage founders and startup communities with coaching, workshops and content so that they can build businesses doing work they love. She’s a Londoner with a decade working as a talent consultant for tech startups before training as an ICF accredited coach and building The Ask.
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