• Tamara Dias

Keep Track of the Good Things

A few years ago, I remember hosting my first fundraiser as a nonprofit leader. The planning and execution of the event took more energy and time than I’d ever imagined. On the day of the event, I remember being so thankful that everything went smoothly. I’d checked off every item on my to-do list and began to bask in the glory of accomplishing a huge task.

Little did I know, things were far from over.

In days following the event, I received tons of small critiques. These included:

  • I think the small light at the podium should have been removed.

  • Who picked out those name tags?

  • I’m not sure I liked the font size on the program.

… though they didn’t stop there, I’ll spare you the rest.

I felt myself snatched out of my moment of brief celebration and back into a space of not feeling good enough. In these moments, it can be easy to get trapped into these negative comments. But, it’s important that we keep track of the good things.

I decided to take some time and write down all of the things that I was proud of about that event. Some things that came to mind were:

  • Supporting a committee of 7 people to plan the event,

  • Managing all public relations and marketing for the event,

  • Ensuring donor appreciation for supporting the event, and

  • Raising above the original goal.

How often do you keep track of the good things? Don’t allow yourself to get trapped in negative critiques and forget all of the AMAZING things you’re doing.

Today, take a few moments and write down what you’re proud of doing. Refer to this list when you need a boost of positivity in your day.

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