Do you have a harsh inner critic? You’re not alone. Pretty much everyone I meet aren’t kind to themselves; rather they’re plagued with self-doubt, catastrophic predictions, and harsh words – stuff you’d never say to your friends!
Some of the things I tell myself are overly-critical, and self-doubting. The most frequent phrase rolling in my head is: “have I done enough?”
When one of my dearest friends sent me this video “How to Find the Perfect Relationship” by Adam Roa it made complete sense. Watch it, you’ll get goose bumps for sure.
So, instead of dwelling on the not-so-great moments of 2018, which includes terrible diary management (yes, I turned up for a meeting a whole week early!), the frustrations of cash flow issues, and dealing with quite a few challenging situations, I thought I’d focus on thinking about the better moments this year has offered.
And you know what? They’re pretty splendid!
Here they are:
- I work with some awesome people. And I mean AWESOME. My clients, both established and recent, are marvellous human beings, passionate about their work, and incredibly talented. I’m humbled to be able to support their businesses and provide them with written content to market and showcase their great work. I really look forward to continuing this and finding more to welcome to my marvellous portfolio.
- Climate Action North East. Working with Sharon and Annie over at Climate Action North East is a continual pleasure. When Sharon secured the presence of TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham at our rewilding conference, I thought I would explode with excitement! I wrote the press release and included a quote for Chris to approve. Which he did! It’s definitely one of my professional highlights to-date.
- #InspireGood. Meeting Clare Aitkin and setting up a networking group to bring together charities and the private sector for mutual good has been brilliant. We’re all about doing good, and the beauty of bringing charities and businesses together is that we can help each other and unite as one for passionate causes.
- Speaking of charities… It’s an absolute pleasure to be appointed as a trustee for Sniffer – a charity based in Scotland who are at the forefront of environmental research and practice. Everything they stand for, are working for, and have achieved to date is admirable. I’m very much looking forward to contributing and making a difference.
So, all in all 2018 hasn’t been that bad!
My biggest learning this year is to realise that I should acknowledge my achievements (brag even!) and treat myself as I would treat others, mainly by refraining unproductive self-critical doubts.
Here’s to a positive and fun-filled 2019!