Keep Yourself Honest With An "Encouragement Jar"

By Friday, May 3, 2013 0 Permalink 0

jarEvery now and then, things get tough and I get a little down. I’m not gonna sit here and tell you I never have my moments — particularly since “careers” and “personal development” aren’t the hottest topics this side of the blogosphere. But then I get a message from someone updating me on their (successful) job search, or telling me that a post I wrote really changed their perspective on things.

Over the last year, I’ve probably gotten a bunch of messages like this. And each time I read them, I remember why this work is important. I remember why I created this site, and why I’ve taken the plunge into this niche. The thing is, I’ve never kept track of these messages. I’ve already slapped myself in the back of the head for it…twice. Why?

One, since I’m building expertise in my field, many of these messages can serve as testimonials. Two, it’s great to have all the encouragement I’ve received in one place. I’ve started adding them to an ongoing document. Others have suggested printing and keeping them in a jar. It may sound a little silly, but every now and then you’re gonna question where you are in your journey. You’re gonna wonder if what you’re doing is the right thing. And it doesn’t hurt to have a few words of encouragement nearby to remind you why you’re here — wherever here may be. Words that you can easily reference when things get tough.

I suggest you give the “encouragement jar” a try. It may come in handy. And in some moments, it may give you just what you need to keep going.


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