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Using An “Awesome List” for Forward Momentum

I’m a big believer in celebrating. In recognizing the awesome things that happen each week so we can see the forward momentum we’re making in our business and our life. We don’t have to accomplish huge things to move forward. It’s the little things, over time, that make the biggest impact.

Years ago, while home from college and visiting my dad in his real estate office, I watched him write down everything he had done that day. From phone calls to business transactions to marketing tasks, he wrote it all down.

I didn’t really understand what he was doing, but it did stick in my head that it’s just as important to write down what you’ve done as it is to write down what you need to do.

The idea continued to grow. I love seeing a checked-off to-do list, but watching the list grow with new tasks and lines crossing out what I’d accomplished made for a big mess. So, instead, I started writing a “Ta-Da” list at the end of the day. Each item on the list was no longer an item on my to-do list, but a “Ta-Da! Look what I did!”

I started sharing this concept with women I met at networking events and the “Ta-Da” list became somewhat well-known among my contacts.

Then, I had a client who changed things.

I had a client who had a difficult time with forward momentum. She couldn’t see all the great things she was accomplishing in her business and this caused her business to stall a bit. I encouraged her to start keeping her own Ta-Da list, but to make it visual so she could see it every day.

This client used sticky notes on her office wall to help. She wrote each item she needed to complete on a sticky note and placed them under a “To Do” heading. When she finished the task, she moved the note to another heading labeled “Ta-Da!”

Within a short time, this client began to feel more motivated and momentum started growing again. Even though her to-do list kept growing (as it does in business), the “Ta-Da” list grew as well. She was energized, realizing that, “if I’ve done all of that, then I can do this too!”

Through the power of community, the “Ta-Da” list became a standard Friday post in our online Sparks group. And then one day, that same client started calling her “Ta-Da” list an AWESOME LIST. And, well, it stuck.

So now every Friday, I encourage all Sparks members to write an Awesome List. All the things they’ve done, all the cool/fun/exciting things that have happened in the last week. In Sparks, we acknowledge that there are no non-awesome things or tasks. Everything we do from the smallest thing to those super huge things? They all count.

I encourage you to write a weekly Awesome List too. Be sure to include the smallest things you do all the time (like getting groceries or doing your dishes) to those huge things (like bringing on a new client, being asked to be on a podcast or publishing a new blog post). Everything counts. And it doesn’t have to be strictly business related. It can be life, marriage, friendship—everything counts because everything in your life impacts your business.

But be sure to share that Awesome List in public—somewhere.

Here’s why:

We all deserve to pat ourselves on the back BUT we also deserve to have others pat us on the back too. We all work hard and, too often, no one sees all the work because we work alone.

Seeing others’ lists can push us! We all have times where we want to slack off, but something happens when you see others pushing through and you see things you want to have or do on someone else’s list. We realize that if she can do it, well, you can too!

Often something on someone else’s list should also be on ours. We look at others and think, “If she thinks that’s awesome, why don’t I?” We don’t give ourselves enough credit until someone else gives herself credit.

Looking back at all we’ve accomplished in a week is a great motivator to get ready for next week. At the same time, knowing that you should post something public is more motivation to accomplish more—so our list is even longer!

So? What's on your Awesome List? Grab a piece of paper and jot down your own Awesome List.

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