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Virtually all managers use performance reviews with their team members, given that the assessments can help workers use their talents well and know where they can grow. But accomplishment reviews have their perks, too, and should be a regular part of your arsenal.

What is an accomplishment review?

An accomplishment review is a formal or informal one-on-one assessment where you focus on what someone on your team has achieved within a given time period. The accomplishments you highlight can be strictly task-based, but you also can highlight other areas, such as the development of new positive relationships.

The point of an accomplishment review is to


How knowing your weaknesses helps you fight when you really should for success and joy

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There was another one in my inbox yesterday. A rejection from yet another literary agent.

As a writer, I suppose I’ve been conditioned to expect and even accept these rejections. But it also was Rejection #211…on the same book. Most literary agents tell people to stop querying between #50–100.

Is this a demonstration of positive grit? Or is it evidence of deep, negative denial?

The Key and the Doors

The differentiation between grit and denial is critical to finding happiness regardless of what field you’re in or the goal you have. Let me use an analogy to show you why.

Take a second and imagine…


The big benefits of talking to God no matter what

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About a week ago, I was fuming at the mouth over something my son said to me.

Then I got frustrated because I honestly didn’t know if a new project I have going was worthwhile despite putting hours of time into it. It was just not a good day. My husband noticed. He came over and hugged me.

“Do you want to pray about it?”

The last thing I wanted to do was pray about it. In fact, I wanted to punch something. Anything.

So I walked away and cried.

When I finally got it together and could think straight…


How to approach your calendar to do more, better

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Whether you’re pumping out a regular blog or schmoozing with CEOs of multi-million-dollar companies, there’s no resource more valuable than your time. Scheduling well enables you to reach enviable levels of productivity and recharge for your health. As the saying goes, though, there’s more than one way to skin a cat, and you can use different strategies to make your calendar feel good to you.

Strategy #1: Do a little bit of everything every day

With this strategy, you block out small amounts of time — for example, 30 to 60 minutes — for individual tasks. The schedule is relatively consistent…


The keys to building a thankfulness that’s easy to express

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I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard that gratitude begets success and joy. I can’t go into the grocery store without seeing a magazine headline about keeping a gratitude journal, making time for gratitude-based reflection, or telling someone they’ve made a positive influence. It takes me about two seconds to find articles or podcasts online that explain how positive thinking wires the brain for more positive thinking. It’s the meat and potatoes attitude message of the culture now, especially among the business types I’ve made a living writing for.

But in a particularly dark week, I’d gotten into…


Why our relationships will do better the sooner we get back to sharing a table.

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In early February, my husband and I saw Valentine’s Day quickly approaching. Like so many other couples, we were eager to celebrate each other. Under normal circumstances, that likely would have included a nice evening out, ordering plates from a local restaurant. After all, almost a default script, not just for a date, but also for more platonic or family-oriented time together.

But these are not normal circumstances. For more than a year, people around the entire world have been in the grip of a global pandemic. The usual venue we use to interact is has taken an enormous hit…


The psychology behind why customers find tiered membership programs so appealing

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If you’ve been paying any attention lately as a marketer, then you’ve probably noticed that membership/subscription programs are booming. In fact, an article from Terry Nguyen for Vox pointed this out and claimed that some membership programs, such as Netflix, are now so integral that people see them as utilities. So as business gets more global and increasingly competitive, and as companies have to think more critically about how to attract a larger number of people, why do membership programs — especially tiered membership programs — work so incredibly well for sales?

4 reasons tiers are effective

There are four main psych-based reasons tiered memberships…


3 tips to help you stay on task and keep your info straight

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I’m a writer by trade. But sometimes when people ask what I do, I jokingly tell them I Google for a living, because so much of the work includes research. That’s true whether I’m writing fiction, an article, or a comment on Twitter I want to make sure is accurate. Linking feels so familiar now that it’s like brushing my teeth, and when I was finishing my most recent novel, I spent almost a week researching exactly what happens with different types of gunshot wounds.

I know plenty of other writers who are in the same boat. But the question…


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Disagreements are part of life, as are mistakes. And sometimes those issues can involve deep resentments that make it extremely difficult for someone you’ve hurt to believe that you have changed. In those cases, you cannot be passive about convincing them you have learned, grown, and become better.

Your starter: A heartfelt apology

An apology opens the door for another person to take a second look at the situation. But is far more than simply saying “I’m sorry” because that’s what society expects to fall from your mouth. To make it effective, you must demonstrate that you genuinely understand why what happened was hurtful, considering…


2 Strategies To Combat Black And White Thinking

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Big goals. Big dreams. You’re supposed to shoot for them. But as so many “greats” in the world will tell you, happiness after a huge accomplishment can be painfully fleeting. And part of this is because of the so-called arrival fallacy, which is basically the mistaken belief that, once you reach a certain milestone, you’ll have long-lasting access to joy.

The arrival fallacy is a common trap to fall into because of the intense cultural connections between tasks and physical or social security. But at its worst, the arrival fallacy is a lot like the scene in The Bee Movie…

Wanda Thibodeaux

Writer/sole proprietor of Takingdictation.com since 2006. Previously @ Inc.com. Interests: Business, motivational psychology, self-development, mental health.

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