Between yesterday and today, I was able to bang out my self-eval for the annual review cycle, and a week before it was due even! I'm pretty excited about that. I was also pretty excited about what I've been able to knock out in seven months, because when I write it down, it's more than I thought.
But why is it so easy to forget all the wins when you look at the losses, OK, let's call them "challenges," and feel just crappy about them? There was one result I wasn't really happy about, and I just got hooked on that today. Maybe the standard form should reverse the order of the questions, so you can put your "things that didn't go well" before the "why are you awesome" bits.
I've talked a lot about self-awareness since, well, basically since always. It is one of the most critical keys to success. I'm immediately skeptical of anyone who thinks they can bat a thousand (is that the correct use of that sportsball metaphor?). In fact, if you don't suffer a little, it's like everything else, in that you can't know the good without the bad. Artists get harsh criticism, salesfolk lose the deal, couples break up, chefs make shitty food, cats fall of things.
Celebrates success. If you're self-aware, you'll learn from the mistakes and next time you'll avoid them.