“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Whether you’re in PR, on a sports team or completing your undergraduate, everyone has personal wins. They come in the form of scoring the winning goal, getting an A+ on the paper you stayed up all night writing or hearing back from that top tier influencer you pitched your client’s product to.
In our crazy 24/7 non-stop society we live in, it’s so easy to direct your immediate attention to your next goal or task and forget to stop and reflect on what’s been achieved in the present.
Here’s why it’s good to take a moment to reflect on what’s been achieved in the present:
In our line of work, it can be so easy to forget why a specific goal was important to us in the first place. Celebrating and giving attention to wins help us recognize what’s working well and if anything needs to change or be adjusted. Learning from your accomplishments and/or adapting your plan can go a long way in ensuring future achievements.
We’ve all heard the quote “motivation is the key to success”, but what you don’t realize is that there is a correlation between motivation and wins. Think about a time when you received attention and praise from doing something really good. Didn’t that make you want to continue to do better and succeed to keep that momentum going?
Let’s be real, it feels good to celebrate a win that you worked really hard for. And quit honestly, feeling good is what it’s all about right? As we get older and go on with our lives, it’s important to do things that cause us happiness and joy. Anything can happen at the blink of an eye, so why not make the best of it when we can?
Working in the PR and Marketing industry can be very fast-paced and rewarding at the same time. It is very easy to let moments past you by at light speed. Celebrating wins is important for yourself, your team, your company and for instilling self-confidence. Life passes us by so quickly that we sometimes forget to celebrate the little things that matter. Next time you have a personal win, remember to stop and let the moment sink in.