Wall of Awesome
I had a great professor in college who encouraged his students to really appreciate their accomplishments. One of his suggestions was to create a “wall of awesome” for ourselves.
The goal of this wall was to showcase all of our achievements. It’s where we would hang our diplomas, awards, and photos from our graduations and award ceremonies. The point was to have a constant visual reminder of how awesome we were.
It took me years to follow his advice.
I didn’t hang up my diplomas or awards. I tossed them in a drawer and ignored them. But, now in my newly renovated office, I’ve allowed myself to have a wall of awesome. And it’s been, well… awesome!
So far, I haven’t added everything (I still have to get frames for my college diplomas), but I do have a plaque for an award I won in college and some of my favorite photography. Eventually, this wall will be filled with the stuff I’ve been shoving away in drawers and refusing to look at. Because acknowledging our accomplishments is important.
So why in the fuck did it take me years to actually start doing this?
Because I didn’t believe it. I had the proof right in front of me of just how capable I was, but that wasn’t good enough. I wasn’t good enough. These were just moments when I’d gotten lucky. But the truth was, for a long time I never really felt like I actually deserved any of it.
So having a wall of all my supposed accomplishments just felt like a reminder of what a fraud I was. Imposter syndrome is no joke! And I had it bad.
But in just taking that simple step of acknowledging that these were things that I did, I began to tell my imposter syndrome to fuck off.
So… What are you putting on your wall of awesome?