I have had to take some time off work this week due to my son being poorly. Luckily the person that covered for me was someone I knew fairly well. I say luckily because I hate having time off work so leaving it with someone I trusted was a huge help.
This post was inspired by what she said to me after the day was finished. Yes it was all very complimentary (she is a friend!) but what struck me was all I notice are the things that are wrong and that I haven’t done. I don’t ever step back and think about what I have done well. I actually ended the day feeling quite positive and that I can actually do my job ok. This was a bit of a revelation to me. Yes there are things I can do to improve but some of what I do is done quite well.
Before you ask, I do enjoy my job….a lot, but I rarely feel that I am doing some of it quite well. This is because I spend my time focussing on all the things that I know need to be done better. My bet is that you are the same. I knew that this was definitely the case when it comes to exercise and running, being a parent etc but with work I had never really thought about it. I just kept my head down and kept working.
So in the future this is going to be my motto:
I will continue to improve, that is a non negotiable but I am going to try to recognise the bits that I get right.
What about you? Are you good at recognising your strengths?