The first time I was shortlisted in a competition I was absolutely ecstatic. Now I'm disappointed and have to remind myself I'm pleased to have been placed at all.
I warned a prospective student that in my improvers' class I get more forensic with my critiques. I could have a New Years resolution that I do the same to myself, never let anything through that I think will just 'do'. Perhaps this year I might actually win something. Who knows?