Awarding Experience

Originally published in Feb 2008 as a Goals Gone Wild newsletter.

Last Sunday brought us that annual festival of glam, the Oscars. What a night! The red carpet, the low cut dresses, the botox and Jon Stewart. I felt like a celebrity myself, safely ensconced on my couch, dribbling nacho cheese down my chin and giggling like a school girl at the Hollywood insiders. Unfortunately, my swag bag only held diapers and a clean outfit for my son. Hey, Clooney, where’s my sparkly cell phone?

Still, I love the Oscars. I love the pageantry, the excess and the self-congratultory nature of it all (I even love the movies). But most of all I love the idea of getting together with the people in your life and celebrating excellence (this is a THRIVE! newsletter after all).

So let’s consider how we might have our own Oscar victory. Let’s look back at the last year and consider our achivements. What did we do that would garner a nomination from our peers and ourselves? What action did we pursue to separate ourselves from the ordinary? Where did we take a stand? Where did we make a difference?

The Oscars have specific categories, and you can too. After all, your life isn’t a movie. Here are some categories for you to try on (like a designer tux), and if it seems a little “High School Yearbook” just roll with it (besides, you wish you were 18 again anyway).

  • Best Athletic Performance (personal and team categories)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Friendship
  • Excellence in IRA Funding
  • Best Supporting Team Player
  • Most Organized
  • Brightest Creative Spark
  • Excellence in New Parenting
  • Most Inspired Job Performance
  • Best Powerpoint Presentation
  • Most Likely To Be There in a Crisis

Well, you may just have to make up your own, but take your time with this exercise and appreciate your year.

And the Award Goes To

Congratulations, you’re an Oscar winner! Now pat yourself on the back and give yourself the trophy, but don’t hit the after-party just yet. We have a little more work to do.

My favorite part of the Oscar’s isn’t seeing who gets the award, but who they thank and how they handle the moment. Well, this is your moment. You’ve won the award. Who are you going to thank and why?

We’d all like to think we can do it all alone, but the reality is that great achievement is fueled from the outside as well inside. Someone in your life helped make it happen for you and now is the time to appreicate them.

If you set a PR in that last race you might consider thanking your training partners that log those early morning miles with you.

If you landed a big account at work think about the team around you that got you in the room.

If you wrote the most inspirational newsletter of 2007, think about the baristas that kept you hopped up on low fat lattes while you did it.

And so, we come to the end of this broadcast. I’d like to thank Gil Cates, Jon Stewart and Regis Philbin for their excellent work tonight. Most of all, thanks to you for reading and writing in. Hopefully Goals Gone Wild can inspire you to your own Oscar-worthy performances.

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Quote of the Week

“Films and life are like clay, waiting for us to mold it. And when you trust your own insides and that becomes achievement, it’s a kind of principle that seems to me is at work with everyone. God bless that principle. God bless that potential that we all have for making anything possible if we think we deserve it.”
– Shirley MacLaine , 1983 Academy Awards

“Acting for me has always been and always will be a team sport. I cannot work at all unless I feel a spirit of unity around me.”
– Alan Arkin , Best Supporting Actor 2007

photo credit adarshupadhyay

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