Are you always pushing forward to meet a goal or deadline? While this is important, often people do not stop to reflect on what they have accomplished. We need to celebrate success for those accomplishments.
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What is Success?
Success is defined differently by people, but basically, we’re saying you’ve been successful if you’ve moved forward towards your goal.
Notice I didn’t say, completed a goal. Some things may be a journey for the rest of your life, but if you’re working towards what you want, that is great.
And I didn’t say, it was perfect. We’re going to wobble here and there, like a weather storm in the ocean, but it still goes the general direction.
We need to stop and reflect on the progress you’ve made.
Why should we celebrate success?
You’ve done the work.
Without some type of reward and reflection of the path you’ve been on, you may burnout.
We’re always so focused on where we’re going, it makes us stop and be present to reflect where we are.
There is psychology behind celebrating too. It releases endorphins from the brain that make us happy.
This is a great way to refuel yourself.
What are 5 things that you’ve accomplished within the last year?
You may not be right where you want to be, but some things will have progress.
Perhaps you started:
drinking more water
spending more quality time with your family
paid off some debt
We’re looking for progress, not perfection.
We can wait…….take your time and think of them now.
Congratulations!!! You should be very proud of your accomplishments!
The ways to celebrate are endless and there’s something for every budget.
Go to dinner and take a night off from cooking and cleaning up the kitchen.
Pamper yourself with getting a manicure or pedicure.
While those things may not be in the budget, consider these ways to celebrate:
read a book
meet up with friends
take time for your hobby
do your own manicure or pedicure
watch movies at home – redbox, cable, tv
play cards, do wordfinds or crossword puzzles
paint or draw
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Zig Ziglar
You’ve accomplished a lot. You may have been scared to do something and did it anyway.
“The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it.” – John Ruskin
Learn from what worked and what did not work.
Part of accomplishments is knowing what did not work.
We get so focused on always moving forward, dealing with our journey that we forget to reflect on the accomplishments we’ve made along the path. Identify 5 things you’ve shown progress in or accomplished within the last year. Now celebrate success as you should be proud!
Need some tips on how to set goals? Read this article here.