Practical work: Recognising Your Achievements


Recognising your achievements and effectively handling criticism are integral to combating imposter syndrome and strengthening your personal brand. Below are two practical exercises tailored to these objectives:

Exercise 1: Recognising Your Achievements

Objective: Acknowledge and celebrate your accomplishments to enhance self-confidence and combat imposter syndrome.

Materials Needed: Journal or digital document, list of completed projects, client testimonials/reviews (if available).

Part 1: Achievement Journal

  1. Journal Setup
    • Create a dedicated section in your journal or digital document for recording achievements, big or small, related to your career and personal brand.
  2. Record Milestones
    • Regularly update your journal with completed projects, positive feedback from clients, and any recognitions or awards you receive.
  3. Reflect
    • Spend time each week reviewing your entries. Reflect on the effort, creativity, and skill that went into each achievement.

Part 2: Goal Setting and Tracking

  1. Define Goals
    • Set clear, measurable goals for your career and personal brand development.
  2. Progress Tracking
    • Document your progress towards these goals, noting achievements and learning experiences along the way.

Part 3: Feedback and Validation

  1. Gather Testimonials
    • Reach out to clients for testimonials about your work. Include these in your achievement journal and on your professional platforms.
  2. Share and Discuss
    • Share your achievements with a mentor, colleague, or peer group. Engage in discussions about your work and progress.

Part 4: Celebrate Wins

  1. Acknowledge Success
    • Celebrate your victories, no matter the size. Recognise that each success is a testament to your competence and hard work.

Exercise 2: Handling Criticism Constructively

Objective: Develop strategies to differentiate constructive feedback from destructive criticism and use it to foster personal and professional growth.

Materials Needed: Recent instances of criticism or feedback, journal or digital document for reflection.

Part 1: Criticism Assessment

  1. Source Evaluation
    • Assess the source of the criticism. Determine if it’s from a credible source with constructive intent or from an unreliable source meant to disparage.
  2. Content Analysis
    • Analyse the criticism for specific, actionable feedback. Distinguish between comments that offer improvement suggestions and those that are purely negative.

Part 2: Engaging with Feedback

  1. Professional Response
    • For constructive criticism, respond professionally and with gratitude. Acknowledge the feedback and outline any steps you’ll take to address it.
  2. Implementation
    • Where applicable, make adjustments to your work or approach based on constructive feedback. Document these changes and their impacts in your journal.

Part 3: Dealing with Destructive Criticism

  1. Selective Engagement
    • Choose not to engage with non-constructive criticism. Focus your energy on feedback that helps you grow.
  2. Blocking and Filtering
    • Utilise social media tools to block or mute sources of destructive criticism to maintain a positive and professional online presence.

Part 4: Focusing on Your Vision

  1. Brand Reminders
    • Regularly revisit your personal brand’s core values and goals. Ensure your actions and responses align with these principles.
  2. Feedback as a Growth Tool
    • View constructive criticism as an opportunity for growth. Use it to refine your skills and offerings, staying true to your brand’s vision.

Review and Adjust: After completing these exercises, reflect on how acknowledging achievements and constructively handling criticism affect your self-perception and professional growth. Adjust your strategies as needed to continue building a resilient and authentic personal brand.