Cut it out and start being proud of the great work that you have done and are doing.
Owning a business has been powerful for me in ways that I did not imagine. One of the ways that owning a business has been powerful for me is that I have recently realized that I downplay my accomplishments A LOT. And there is a huge cost of downplaying my accomplishments.
The cost of downplaying my accomplishments lies in convincing myself that I haven’t really done anything in my past jobs, that I haven’t accomplished anything of substance for my clients and that I really haven’t done anything special at all. Which then plays itself out in the form of, well since I haven’t really done anything special why should someone hire me.
I saw this in full force today when I was applying for jobs — yes I am doing this and yes Pure Love Sustainability Inc. is still in business — I started focused my job application efforts on Senior HR positions because I just got selected to interview for a really high-level role with a great company in Boise. The position perfectly matches my diverse skills and helps me realize my goal of helping company be successful by building strong, independent, highly-skilled employees. So I started looking at other high level HR positions today and saw a position that I would be great at because I have done so much of the work that is required and then realized that my resume doesn’t even mention any of the work that I have done that speaks to this role.
I took deep look within and saw that I haven’t put some of the amazing organizational change work that I have done, the work creating a legitimate hiring process at a company that had no process, creating legitimate documentations of the companies processes, the work that I did designing department training manuals for 8 different departments, the work that I did in creating 1, 3, and 5 year employee pay scales and the work that I did creating an employee profit-sharing program wasn’t even on my resume. And it wasn’t on my resume because I got laid off from my position because the company was struggling to meet its financial obligations and needed to shed salary and because I did not succeed at everything that I did, I told myself that I failed.
My next illogical step was to thin that since “I failed”, I shouldn’t bother putting that on my resume because who would hire someone for work that they failed at.
Then I realized that I had done this work, that I did not fail and that I have so much more to offer than what my mind tells me that I have to offer. So I started to write down all of the work that I did for the organizational change project and I wrote an entire paragraph highlighting the work that I did in this role. I felt so free, I felt so accomplished and I realized that I have to stop downplaying the work that I did because it serves no one — least of all myself.
I then realized that I have been doing this in my business. I have been too scared to approach CEO’s and company owners about the sustainability consulting services that I offer. Heck I have been too scared to even talk to people about them. When the truth of the matter is that I have helped over 60 clients divert 5,000 tons of food waste from the landfill. I have helped my clients save tens of thousands of dollars a month on their waste hauling costs and I have stopped 400 gigatons of carbon dioxide from reaching the atmosphere through the sustainability work that I have done.
And I’m going to stop keeping the results that I’ve produced buried deep down within because I wasn’t perfect and didn’t accomplish the insanely lofty goals that I have set for myself as I have done some amazing work that the world needs. I am committing to no longer downplay my accomplishments. How about yourself? What accomplishments do you downplay because you think that you failed or because you didn’t produce all of the results that you wanted to produce. I would love to hear from you so we can support each other in speaking proudly and openly about the great work that we have done.