I mentioned on my Facebook page that I was going to celebrate a couple professional accomplishments with some celebratory drinks with my boyfriend last week. So, I did.
But the way I operate is to always think of what I could have done better; what more I can do; what’s next; what other hurdles are there? No sooner does my hand pat my own back than does the other hand begin a “to do” list of what’s next. This isn’t a bad thing per say, but I do think it doesn’t allow me to really congratulate myself. And, let’s face it, if we don’t have those moments of celebration to break up the day-to-day stress and hard work, it’s really hard to stay motivated. Or sane.
The office and I stayed late tonight to watch, together, the national prime time TV spot – earned media by yours truly – featuring our CEO. It was one of those moments where I wrung my hands and twitched nervously hoping and praying that our spot didn’t get cut in post-production or that there wasn’t some glaring mistake to tarnish the would-be celebration.
It was everything I hoped for.
Our CEO who is young, ambitious and Type A, mentioned that many things had been cut and seemed a bit displeased. I, knowing that he could have had a prime time spot on Oprah back in the day and still beat himself up, pulled him aside and said,
“I know this is your m.o. I know that you downplay your successes and playback everything you think you could have done better. But you’re only going to have your first time on prime time once. Enjoy this moment!”
It was like looking in the mirror.
So, tonight, as I get ready for bed, I’m patting myself on the back. As much as it was my CEO’s moment, it was mine too – this was, after all, my first time getting a client a national prime time TV spot. I’m relishing this moment.
The Cranky One