What Makes You Proud?

<What Makes You Proud? Guest Post by Kemetia Foley>

Seems like each year that Administrative Professionals Day rolls around that there is a frenetic discussion about what sort of recognition is appropriate for Administrative Professionals and it ranges from ‘Why recognize?’  to the overkills of obligatory ‘flowers and lunch with the team’, and everything in between.

And, you have the Administrative Professionals that lament that their employer does NOTHING for them. I mean, nothing. As in Zilch. Zippy. Nil.

This post is for you. I have an assignment for you. STOP WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO RECOGNIZE HOW FABULOUS YOU ARE!!!—DO YOU RECOGNIZE HOW AWESOME YOU ARE?

No joke. Here is your assignment.

What are you proud of? What accomplishment have you worked and invested in for many years? What triumph have you celebrated that not another single person would truly understand?

I want you to make a list.  And to help you get started, I’ll give you the first few items on my list so you get the idea, When done, I want you to look at it– really look at it and realize just how far you’ve come and how much you’ve accomplished. Now, it’s up to you if you want to share it or post it at your desk or whatever. Keep it somewhere you can reach it so when those nasty self-doubts or sneaky naysayers start popping up, you can hold it up like the shield that it is…the shield that says, I’m strong. I’m accomplished and nothing is going to get to me today.  Rock on, Super Stars!

Things I Have Done- starter list by KMK Foley

  1. Worked my way through college and at the end of ten years, paid off my loans
  2. Taught myself how to use database software
  3. Learned a foreign language
  4. Recovered from an empty (emotional AND financial) bank account
  5. As part of my career as an admin, I went to the United States Supreme Court and helped a group of association members get sworn in to practice before the Supreme Court of The United States
  6. As part of my career as an admin, I assisted with a reception on Capitol Hill and was able to meet Dr, Mary Cleave, former astronaut and participant in two successful space shuttle missions
  7. Left a position when it became clear I could not be successful—and successfully landed on my feet
  8. Taught my daughter how to drive a car and how to get around on Metro.
  9. Took and passed the Certified Administrative Professional® exam as well as the additional Organizational Management specialty
  10. Learned how to drive a car with a manual transmission

There are many more… But I need to keep working on my list.   

Now – you start yours and would you please consider sharing one triumph in the comment sections.

Time to provide your own recognition. Don’t wait for someone else to see your shine.

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Read more by Kemetia Foley at her blog, AdminRenegade.com and follow her on Twitter for frequent updates, insights and great conversation, @officerenegade.

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