Last week, I was thrilled to hit a career milestone; I was quoted in a CNN article. Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a professional speaker, and national exposure has been one of my goals. So what did I do to celebrate? I started thinking about the next goals, accomplishments, and list of to-do’s.
Before I even had a chance to feel good about my current accomplishment, I was off to the next one. It occurred to me that all too often, we don’t stop to celebrate our successes. I’m a big advocate of setting goals and working toward them, but one of the steps in that process is supposed to be to stop and reward success.
Why is it that when we accomplish something, we’re quick to dismiss it, but when we fail to accomplish something, we remind ourselves of it constantly?
I’m going to try an experiment this week. Every day this week, I’m going to take time to celebrate an accomplishment, no matter how small. After all, if we don’t take time to celebrate our success, who will?
Celebrating doesn’t have to take the form of a parade or shopping spree, although that might be fun! Sometimes just taking time to sit back and smile is enough. The important thing is taking the time to enjoy the success. You’ve earned it.
Sharing in other people’s accomplishments is also a great way to celebrate. I hope you’ll take a minute to comment and share yours!