I’ve recently joined the brand new Bend Chamber of the Women of the Year award judge panel. It’s a great honor to be in the position of evaluating the nominations coming in of wonderful women in our community!
As we have been putting out the word about the nomination period, we are reminding women that they can also self-nominate. We want to have a great turnout for the inaugural year, and self-nomination is a perfectly legitimate way to be considered!
However, most woman have responded reluctantly to my suggestion to self-nomination. “Self-nomination really isn’t my thing,” responded one community super star. Another leader in her field said, “I really don’t want the recognition. What have I done to deserve it?”
Why are we so hesitant to self-nominate? There are many angles we could explore but a few come to mind that are obvious:
1. We want validation from others. Does a nomination for an award need to be submitted by someone else to be worthy? If we have no one else to pat us on our back, we feel like what we are achieving is somehow less meaningful. Or perhaps, we haven’t truly achieved success until others are willing to recognize us. Let’s move past validation and chose to intrinsically believe in our own worth.
2. Humility and modesty are valued among women. If we toot our own horn, we are immodest and full of ourselves. Our accomplishments are seemingly less amazing if we bring attention to them. Where did we get this idea from? We must shout from the mountain tops all of the amazing things we are doing to change the world around us, to change the way the business is run, to change how women feel about speaking out.3. We don’t feel deserving. How much do we need to achieve before we feel worthy of recognition? If we have created a movement, run a company, or touch individuals one by one, don’t we deserve some accolades? I would say so!
Your work is important! Your contribution is important! Perhaps what you have accomplished has not had much visibility or your work has been ignored despite your best efforts. Showcasing your achievements, your company, your projects has the added benefit of providing exposure and increasing the probability of your success.
If you are worried about others judging you for self-nominating, the judging panel has asked that we do not see who nominated each of the candidates. All barriers have no been removed, so please, nominate yourself today!