That winning feeling
Ever been surprised and delighted to receive something unexpected? It’s a tremendous feeling isn’t it! I felt a warm glow of gratitude and pride this month when it was announced that I’d won the 2020 UK Enterprise Award for Best Art Workshop & Supplies Company.
The awards are run by SME News and are based on merit rather than number of votes received. Apparently I showed ‘evidence of extensive expertise and skills, dedication to customer service and client satisfaction with an ongoing commitment to excellence and innovation’ – wow! That was great to hear!
Apparently there is such a thing as the ‘winning effect’ in the brain whereby there is a release of dopamine and testosterone, giving you a big psychological boost. The sense of achievement makes you feel like you can take on more challenges and has been described as an ‘emotional pay rise’.
Whether it’s a medal at sports day, first place in the pub quiz or a 2020 UK Enterprise Award, we are programmed to seek out the winning effect as the hormones released can cause changes to the chemicals in the brain, making it smarter and more confident over time.
When I was invited to submit an entry to the awards earlier in the year, I did put in the effort to make it as compelling as possible but of course, you have no idea who you’re up against and exactly what the judges are looking for. I wondered if I might be considered for a regional award so it was a big surprise to receive the national prize.
Unfortunately due to you-know-what, I didn’t get to attend a big, glitzy award ceremony to receive my prize but the feeling of opening the package with a lovely crystal trophy and seeing a full page article all about me in the magazine was still marvellous.
I think the surprise element of winning makes it even sweeter but with many knock-backs in my life, I wondered if we learn more from winning or losing? In business we’re told that it’s by making mistakes that we improve and get stronger. Psychologists say that winning and losing are both infectious – the more you win, the more you learn to win and the more you lose, the more you learn to accept losing!
Well I don’t think my award win will go to my head and make me crave for more accolades but it certainly was a great vote of confidence. It’s a stamp of approval that made me feel proud of what I have achieved and what I’m capable of achieving in the future, so that’s good enough for me!
If you’d like to join me in a Powertex workshop to give you a great sense of achievement and joy (a bit like winning an award!) there’s sure to be something that tickles your fancy on the Artistic ReTreats website. And if you’re not ready to or able to come to the studio, we can create something with a ‘craft kit and Zoom’ in the comfort of your own home. Please get in touch with your request.