Next month is my annual review and soon I’ll have to go through everything I’ve done over the past year. I’ll need to review my accomplishments, my strengths, and my weaknesses and turn them in to my boss.
I’m usually pretty good at recognizing my weaknesses, but when it comes to talking about my accomplishments and strengths, I struggle (we’ll just ignore the psychological implications of all this for now). I’ve always felt uncomfortable talking about myself.
Now usually, this isn’t a problem, but when it comes to my career and my salary, I wonder if I’m hurting myself by not being able to brag a little about what I’ve done. If I can’t tell my boss what I’ve done and what I’m worth to the company, who is going to do it for me? I can’t expect others to share my accomplishments and strengths. I have to learn to fight for and stand up for myself and what I do.
I am very proud of all that I’ve done in the past year and when I start to work on my annual review, I’ll need to share that. Being proud and being a braggart are two different things. When it comes to my work, I’m proud and I need to make sure others know that too.
Have you ever felt torn about bragging and sharing your accomplishments? How did you handle it?