List Your Triumphs Before You List Your Resolutions

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It is the end of the season, and resolution time will soon be upon us. As we look to the next year, we want to be successful.

But the one thing that irks me about resolution time?

We make resolution based on our past failures. We didn't do something we should have last year so we resolve to do better next year. We enter the new season full of guilt. Guilty, ashamed, or embarrassed about a failure.

Well no wonder most people fail in their resolutions! It is depressing.

I am going to challenge you with the same assignment I give clients, which I am also going to do myself.

Do you know the difference between a Curriculum Vitae and a Resume?

I didn't until speaking with a friend who just successfully defended her PhD dissertation.

A curriculum vitae (or CV) is a detailed list of your work and academic experiences. It is usually long. In fact, the longer (2 pages or more) the better. It includes teaching, research experiences, publications, presentations, honors, awards, mentions, volunteer activity, and organization affiliations.

Conversely, a resume is a short summary your professional experience. While it may contain a list of your accomplishments like a CV, it is much shorter (2 pages max) and very selective.

When it comes to our success, do we take long detailed look at what we have accomplished or is our memory a shortened summary? 

When it comes to our success, we need to have CV approach. In other words, we need to develop a detailed list of our triumphs...a Triumph Tracker!

In my coaching with clients, I always ask them to keep a journal. The point is to be able to track their thoughts to see the changes in the patterns from the beginning to the middle to the end of our coaching. Those who actually do, can see the benefits of our session in greater detail than those who don't.

Seeing where you were, what you did, and where you ended up is vital in building your confidence for future success.

Challenge: Develop Your Triumph Tracker

Make a list of all your triumphs, wins, victories, success, major growth moments, minor growth moments, "I actually did that" moments,and  "I can't believe I did that" moments this year. Think of it as your CV include EVERYTHING you succeeded at. Aim for no fewer than 3 pages of success. We are talking 365 days of living and each of those days has a success included somewhere
Getting started:
Think of all the roles you play: spouse, parent, child, friend, sister, employee, employer.
Think of the organizations you are in: religious, civic, trade associations, online communities
Think of your personal growth.
Include the small victories that lead to a big one. 

Why do this?

The reason we need to do this is because we quickly forget how competent we are in the course of everyday life. We are too quick to forget how we won, and only concentrate on how we have failed.

By developing our Triumph Tracker we continue to triumph.

Did you know you always find what you look for? If you look for triumphs you will see more of them.

Once you have your 3 pages of wins, successes and achievements for the year, I can guarantee two things:
1. You will feel on top of the world. You will look back and appreciate yourself
2. You will feel confident and brave ready to tackle anything ahead.

It is from that place of confidence, that I invite you to set your goals or resolutions for next year. Craft your list of goals from a place of strength not lack. 

Career development and HR professionals tells us to constantly update our CV and resume. As the year winds down, and we are reflecting on all of the things we are thankful for, all the good in the world, give yourself some holiday cheer that money can't buy. Develop your Triumph Tracker and give yourself the gift of confidence!

What are some triumphs, wins, achievements, successes, and victories you had this year?

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