Ensuring Quick Wins

“Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.”

~ Dr. Thomas Arnold Bennett

Ensuring Quick Wins

By Graham Jones, Ph.D

You will probably have long-term goals related to your ambitions, but have you broken them down into medium- and short-term goals?  I encourage leaders who lack confidence to identify short-term goals because if and when they are achieved, they are an important and regular source of confidence.

Set some short-term goals for yourself.  These “quick wins” will allow you to build up a store of recent successes that you may wish to record on a small card and carry around for use when you need a confidence boost (Jones, p. 13-136).

From: Jones, G. (2009).  Thriving on Pressure: Mental Toughness for Real Leaders.  Westport, CT: Easton Studio Press.

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114, http://leadershipcenter.osu.edu

Coaching Call To Action

In my bottom desk drawer, I have a folder called “Feel Good.” When I have a “win,” when I get a great card or acknowledgement from a client, colleague or friend, or when an article or quote touches me, it goes into the “Feel Good” folder.  On those days that I feel “less than”  and question myself, I go to my folder to remind myself that I can do it!

What will you do or create for yourself this week that builds your self-confidence?