Recognition Helps – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 80

Getting Noticed

There’s my board,
3rd from the bottom on the right!!!

Life is pretty funny.  This morning, as I was going through my email, I read through my Pinterest email.  As I was scrolling down, I got to the “New Boards to Follow” section.  Low and behold, who is among those listed but my 100 Day Blog Challenge.  I think I literally screamed.  I couldn’t believe it!!!  I had no clue my little ole challenge was even on anyone’s radar, let alone get noticed by PINTEREST!!!.  Talk about speechless.

This got me to thinking about recogniton.  We are a society that thrives on recognition.  I learned of a quote from Bob Nelson that says, “People may take a job for more money, but often leave it for more recognition.”  We really do love to be recognized for our efforts and in the corporate world, that’s just not heard of or standard practice.  At least not for small milestones.  It’s very rare, if at all, you’ll get a pat on the back from your boss for a job well done on any particular day.  Most will believe that’s part of your job description and what you get paid for.

I truly believe in that quote because I’ve lived it personally.  We all have.  What does that

recognition do?  It validates us and our work.  It gives us the stamp that says someone takes notice and sees your potential.  Onr of the things that I really admire about the company I’m partnered with is how much you are recognized every step of the way as you are working toward your goals.  

The other day, I was speaking with my mentor, and I’m not sure if he even realized it, but he shared with me that the entire home office staff takes notice of my consistency and participation.  Apparently, I am known by many in the home office and they’re looking out for and proud of my efforts.  Talk about a mood booster.  That one comment makes it all worth it because, yes, others are taking notice.  I’m not where I want to be, but others recognize my efforts and are cheering me on.  It’s a great feeling.

Employers, take note!!!

My question for you is this – are you recognized for your efforts, be it professional or personal?  Better still, when was the last time someone acknowledged your efforts and let you know how much you’re appreciated?

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Making Connections, Revisiting My Why and Moving Forward – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 30

A Work in Progress

Wow, I’ve hit the 30-day mark with my blogging, and it’s been quite the adventure, so far.  To be honest, I don’t really have a system in place, I would just write what I felt or what was going on for me that day.  I actually found a couple blog challenges that I plan to implement for the next 30 days and it will be exciting to see how that pans out.

But, for now, going back to my title, I’ll discuss a little about what happened today.

This morning, I had the chance to meet with one of the women I met a couple weeks ago at the Women in Business mixer I attended in my area.  That was a great experience, and to sit down with her today was a real eye-opening experience.  The original focus of the meeting was to share with her a little about what I do in hopes that she may offer some referrals and/or guidance to steer me in the right direction.  

I got so much more from that.

In terms of eye-opening, I finally saw what I knew was to be true in the back of my mind…I have NOT been taking my business as seriously as I should.  Sure, I would be  “busy” during the day, but, really looking at my days, I may have been busy, but a lot of that “busy work” was more of a distraction to what I should be doing during the day.  Yes, I still have one more little one at home, and he does take up a lot of my time, but, after leaving that meeting, I took an honest look at myself and realized I am doing more harm than good to my family, my kids, my business, my team and more important, myself.

Sometimes it’s hard to go down that road or even hear it from someone else.  We quickly go on the defensive side and try to justify our actions.  But, what I got from this meeting was a genuine straight talk from someone who is looking out for my best interest, offering some key suggestions to move me forward.  Why get defensive about getting better?  Isn’t that what we all want anyway?

I was given some referrals as to who to contact for better exposure as well as suggestions to brand myself better online, which has been a struggle for me.  I’ll be taking baby steps, but I already know that this requires a change in my THINKING!!!  

The other realization that came to light was what happened after I asked, “How am I REALLY portraying myself?”  Am I REALLY portraying myself as a business woman or a Mom who’s busy trying to build a business?  I could do better, I could improve a lot of things, and while it’s not easy to admit, it’s also quite doable.  So, I’ve realized that I need to get better, brand myself better and be willing to continue the learning and growing process with blind faith.  Keeping my why in my sights is key.  I must NEVER lose that focus, no matter how difficult it gets, who shuts me down or whatever obstacles come my way.  This is too important for my family and me to not take it seriously.

The time is NOW!!!  

It’s a great feeling when you realize what isn’t working and that it can be fixed.  It’s simply a matter of admitting, recognizing, correcting and moving forward.  There’s nothing wrong with making mistakes.  There’s nothing wrong with stumbling and failing.  The time when it becomes an issue is when you aren’t willing to recognize you’re on the road to nowhere, being stubborn, proud and/or pigheaded and continue down that road.  Just get off that bad road, make a couple turns, refuel, recharge, look at the road map (i.e. your goals) once again and get on the right path.

So many others have been there.  It’s nothing new to any of us.  But, I am thankful for that conversation this morning.  It was a true eye-opening, A-HA moment for me that made me realize what needs to happen and that all is not lost.

Take care, and thanks to all who have been reading and following me throughout this challenge.  It’s been fun so far, and a great lesson for me.  Enjoy.