The recognition folder

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Show yourself some love

Once upon a time, when I was still working in an international corporate sales and marketing environment, I was recommended to create a ‘recognition folder’ in my email archives.

At first, I thought this was a bit of a silly concept, but after a grueling day of weeding through over 250 emails, solving a multitude of customer and team issues and staring at the virtual pile of what still needed to be done, I was really in need of a little motivational boost.

This was when I would have a read through my ‘recognition folder’: a collection of positive notes, thank you emails and ‘well done’ messages from higher management. I assure you, it was an instantaneous pick-me-up and gave that little extra energy to tackle the next challenge of the day.

Now, working as an independent consultant, I have a new recognition folder: a selection of positive feedback notes from happy clients for either the consulting business or blogging/influencer work.

I find this especially important when working on your own, as you won’t have that instant feedback from your colleagues or managers to build on. If you’re starting a business or are an entrepreneur, this working arrangement can add an additional layer of stress, as 9 out of 10 times things go wrong before they go right and you can really use some motivational ‘love’ from time to time.

So, save those emails and thank you cards somewhere special and when feeling down: have read through and get back to running that amazing business of yours!

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