20 May Celebrating victories – the things that really matter May 20, 2016By Tais Lildaree General 0 Author: Jane Dinh Date: 20 May 2016 'Celebrate victories' is a competency that I think about the least. This is a reflection not only on my professional life but also on my personal life. One of the best things about the HMIP is the opportunity to absorb all this knowledge and wisdom. This of course comes from a lot of reflection, self-assessment and self-awareness. One of my most recent reflections was on celebrating victories. After talking to my family and friends who have said how proud they are of my achievements, I kept thinking to myself that I haven’t achieved my ultimate goal and was not happy with where I was at. But in reality I had in fact achieved many things to get to where I am today. Everything I have done previously, my skills and experiences has led me on the path of HMIP. I was guilty of being too hard on myself, as most of us are. Previously when I reached a milestone, I was never happy or satisfied, consequently making my end goal unrealistic and harder to achieve. A question I ask myself a lot lately is “when I get to my goal, would I be happy?” This really resonates with me because now I understand life is a journey not a destination. I have to be happy along the way and celebrate all the little things that matter. This includes the special moments, people, work, knowledge and wisdom that I have gained along the way. Otherwise I would never be happy with my life. My recent reflection on things that we take for granted could be as simple as getting out of bed. A victory could be as small as waking up in the morning. Victories do not have to be purely work related but could also be on a personal level which makes your life more fulfilling. Celebrating victories can help you appreciate the small things in life such as our friends, family, colleagues or beloved pets. Taking time to celebrate these “wins” can really motivate us to take the next step. When we feel good about ourselves suddenly everything becomes easier and more manageable. Celebrating victories can be as simple as gratitude or as complex as implementing a large project. The key is to be happy and proud of yourself every step of the way. It helps to look at the bigger picture, then focus on a something small that you achieved. Sometimes when we expect too much we lose sight of the things that make us who we are. Although I still resist celebrating victories (no matter how small they are) I find I am becoming increasingly self-aware of these struggles. I believe it is all about our mindset, everything happens for a reason, so we need to take the positives out of any situation (even if it is a negative one!). Jane Dinh is a 2nd year management intern in the Vic Health Management Internship Program (HMIP). Click here to know more about the program. Related Posts What is value-based healthcare? Have you ever heard of value-based healthcare? When I was first introduced to the term during my initial days at Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) in January 2019 on my very first placement, I thought it was another one of those ‘word salads’ - I understood each of the individual words, but the whole term made no sense! Four Lessons: From Bedside to Boardroom Ren Cazar, a first-year health management intern, discusses the challenges and triumphs of moving from bedside to boardroom, describing the hidden parallels between the clinician, leaders and the patient. From the suburbs to the city I was so excited to learn that I had a place in the ACHSM Intern Program, and even more excited when I found out that my first placement of the Program would be in the city. Settling into a new professional environment A steep learning curve of the internship is settling into new and unfamiliar environments. We start 4 jobs in 2 years, each placement is vastly different and generally involves a role that we have had limited prior experience in. Integrating quickly into new working environments is always challenging and is a skill that needs to be developed like any other. But some simple methods can be utilised to make the transition easier and more effective. Standout Sessions from the 2017 ACHSM/ACHS Asia-Pacific Congress Simon Hogan, a second year HMIP intern in Victoria looks back at the presentations delivered by two standout sessions at our 2017 Asia-Pacific Congress in Sydney. Communication easy to say but what does it mean? A management position description always appears to have some similar themes and key criteria: Are you an effective communicator? A strong communicator that can effectively lead? Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills? Communication is always a required skill but what does this really mean? Comments are closed.