Celebrating your accomplishments isn’t boasting if it’s based on fact!

 As I write this, I am basking in the afterglow of an incredible weekend. This past weekend I hosted a 2.5 day virtual retreat for a group of the most amazing women who showed up and played, all in, with me and their retreat mates from The Align Retreat.

The goal of the weekend was to emerge reinvigorated, refocused, and realigned with who they are and what they most want to do or be next, in this crazy thing we call life.

The results were quite impressive. What started somewhat quiet, tentative and curious, emerged, dare I say, victorious, celebratory, and downright inspiring.

I guarantee you we all left the experience changed in some way.

While there were many things that contributed to the experience and incredible outcomes, a pinnacle point was achieved through the #IamRemarkable workshop.

#IamRemarkable is an initiative designed by two “Googlers” (people who work for Google) to promote self-confidence and allyship.

Many people – particularly women and under-represented minorities – are overlooked in the workplace and elsewhere. One of the reasons is these under-represented groups don’t always have the confidence they need to make their accomplishments known.

This lack of confidence and self-promotion can result in these individuals being overlooked for job promotions, plum projects, and new clients. It can also result in the individual feeling that “nobody notices what I do around here” and resentful about the efforts they make at work and elsewhere.

Just like those trees that fall in the forest with no one around, does anyone know you did something if you don’t tell them?

Another reality is we often overlook others who don’t promote themselves. We may not hear the quiet voices around the table and it’s easier to dismiss these voices than we may care to admit.

Through the #IamRemarkable workshop, participants were invited to write down a full page of reasons why they are remarkable, professionally or personally. No fact is too small and no fact is too big.

Championing laws that got changed in the Supreme Court of Canada? Check. Get up early to walk the dog before work – every day? Check. Lost a load of weight through transforming your lifestyle? Check. Supported the leader of a political party to win his seat due to your coaching? Check.

Incredible?  Yes! Worth celebrating? Double yes!

Now it’s your turn.

  • Write down 10 reasons why you are remarkable.
  • Challenge yourself to share one of them every day for the next week.
  • Notice the impact of sharing this knowledge on others as well as on yourself.

The sheer act of recalling your many accomplishments is a confidence booster in itself. Try it. Breathe in the pride that comes from recalling your many wins, and now go out there and let the world know!

“Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.” – Marianne Williamson

How will you challenge yourself to dispense with the small and play big this week? I’d love to hear! Comment below with one way you chose to play big this week.

To your success, in business, in your career, and in life,

Susan Elford

P.S. To find out more about the #IamRemarkable initiative and to sign up to be a facilitator (training is free!)  Visit #IamRemarkable.

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Susan Elford is a Leadership Coach and PR Strategist who especially loves to work with women who want it all: a fulfilling career or business while living a full and satisfying life. Susan helps her clients get real about their strengths and celebrate and promote them so they get more of what they want: success at work; success in business & success in life.

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