First, I came upon Jessica Hische’s wonderful website, Thousand Under 90. It asked me: “Are you a creative person that constantly submits to competitions but never gets in?” Then it provided me with the opportunity to create an award for myself.
Here it is. Isn’t it cute?
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But then I read this insightful article, The Surprising Secret To Selling You, that told me that being awesome may not be as awesome as I think that it is.
“We have a bias — one that operates below our conscious awareness — leading us to prefer the potential for greatness over someone who has already achieved it.”
~ Heidi Grant Halvorson
This left me flummoxed. Did I not just create an Awesome Award for myself so that I can feel like I am the best? Was this not the best thing for me to do? Is gaming the system with my self-created award, perhaps, counterproductive to me winning at the game, whatever it might be?
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I was, as usual, left with that familiar feeling of cognitive dissonance that has underscored most of my life. You know the one.
“… the feeling of discomfort that results from holding two conflicting beliefs…. a discrepancy between beliefs and behaviors, [wherein] something must change in order to eliminate or reduce the dissonance.”
~ Kendra Cherry
And I begin to wonder if the best change that I could make to reduce my cognitive dissonance might be to keep my Awesome Award secret between you and me, my gentle readers– while continuing to sell myself to the world as someone with potential.
I think that might be the best way to proceed. As if my Awesome Award, like so many awards, doesn’t mean a thing. 😉