Today, I want to challenge you to put the power of self-appreciation into play. It’s something people often overlook but can change how you “show up” and participate in everything you do. And, as you know, it’s hard to help others see the value you bring when you don’t have this information top of mind.
1. What are the Top Five things you appreciate about yourself?
For those of you high performers with a constant eye towards self-improvement, creating this Top Five list will help you simply notice what differentiates you and how you uniquely add value. For example, your list might include the following:
- “I am a quick study.”
- “I enjoy learning and growing.”
- “I am authentic.”
- “I am tenacious.”
- “I am fun to be around.”
If you have a hard time limiting your list to five, keep going!
2. How do the Top Five make a difference?
Next, write down how the Top Five allow you to do things others can’t easily do. For example, as a quick study and someone who enjoys learning, you may dive into opportunities that stretch you beyond your comfort zone. For your company, this means that they can put you in challenging situations and you will quickly figure out what you need to do and how to add value. Even if you have been doing this for years, remember that not everyone has this ability.
3. How will you put your Top Five into play even more?
So, now that you have your Top Five list and the “so what” of each item on the list, think about what’s going on in your world – personally and professionally.
- How can you leverage your Top Five to make a bigger difference?
- Who could use your help?
- How can you reframe your ideas to make your Top Five more obvious to others, so they can benefit from them?
This week, take 5-10 minutes to answer at least the first two questions above. It will get your wheels turning and you will start “showing up” differently as you consider what you have to offer. Remember that small steps can lead to big results – and the first step here is to simply appreciate what you bring to the table.
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