What’s a success jar? Yep – I can practically hear your thoughts all the way over here through the interwebs. A success jar is just a spot to keep note of all your successes, big and small.
The idea is that we often have those ‘ick’ times in our businesses (heck – in our personal lives too!) when we just feel like we’re stuck. We get down on ourselves and lose hope. So a success jar is a way to revisit moments where you were really pleased with yourself and your business. It actually really helps cheer you up!
There are a couple key tactics that make a success jar… a success! Ha!
First off, it needs to be readily available. While your jar can be any type of container (box, jar, bowl… whatever) and can be plain or heavily decorated or anything in between, if it isn’t easy to get to and use, you won’t use it. This is why I know a few entrepreneurs who choose to keep theirs on their cell phones instead. Digital is fine too! The point is that you’re keeping track.
Secondly, keep paper and a pen right next to it so you don’t have any excuses.
Third, don’t censor your “successes”. Had a really productive day where you crossed all the tasks off your list? That deserves a success note just as much as making a sale! If you feel happy or proud or excited – grab that pen and make a note.
Fourth, save all the old notes. While the jar is great for cheering you up when you’re down, it’s also helpful when you do your monthly and yearly reviews. In addition to making note of the important numbers in your business, you should also be noting the big events. Did you run a sale in July? Did one customer buy three of your pieces in March? Did you finish a new series and post them all for sale on your site it September? If you’ve been putting dates on your success notes, you can line up some of these events with revenue, new subscribers to your email list, and other cool numbers. You can also make connections between different events, seeing how a sale you ran led to a customer buying multiple things or how posting your entire new series led to a lot of social media activity and then a lot of email subscribers.
So I recommend reviewing these notes monthly and inputting the relevant events into your monthly review, but also keeping the notes to read when you’re feeling down. When you run out of space in your jar, you can throw out the oldest notes as long as you’ve got them stored in your monthly or yearly reviews.