When I get frustrated or stuck in the weeds of a project (which is pretty regularly since I'm human...), I have a very simple yet special tool that I turn to.
I call it my "Smile File" (got the catchy name from a fellow coach), and this amazing little thing wields more power than any hammer in busting my negative thinking.
I have both a paper folder and a digital one (so that I can access at any time). It contains notes, screenshots, photos, letters, etc. that I want to remember because they make me smile.
The reason this file works so well is because it reminds me of my WHY--why I do what I do--helping people discover their true potential and leadership skills through music and charismatic communication--and why that's important.
For example, take this little note from a recent speech presentation attendee:
"What a warm, charming story and great speech. Maybe there's hope for me yet. Until now I never thought I could become a charismatic communicator. Thank you!"
Comments like this one remind me that helping even ONE person broaden their perspective to what they could achieve means I am doing my job, reminds me that my voice matters, and is evidence to challenge my inner critic that I serve my community in a positive way.
I hope this idea inspires you to create your own Smile File and get unstuck/reenergized to continue projects that you care about.
Ashley Orlando is a jazz vocalist/ukulele artist and coach who helps growth-focused leaders find their voice, grow their presence & amplify their impact.