What happens when you reach a big goal in your life? I’m willing to bet that a large percentage of us do nothing. We don’t even stop long enough to pat ourselves on the back. We never celebrate success!
We work so hard to achieve our goals. We put our blood, sweat and tears into our work. And then we simply move on to the next project.
It’s an easy mistake to make as a high-achiever. We get so caught up in the journey that we forget to stop and breathe and reward our successes.
But we must celebrate the goals we achieve, the progress we make, the new behaviors we’ve embraced … and most importantly … the person we have become.
Goals generate immense personal value. This personal value stems from what we learn, what we become and the endurance we created to make our big wins possible.
But celebration is so important, and I want to explain why.
Learn What is Working Well
All too often, we tend to focus on what didn’t work so well. We study and critique ourselves so that we can adapt and do better the next time. And that is important! But it is also important that we learn what did go well. And we can do that by stoping to celebrate success along the way.
- What strategies worked well?
- What mindsets allowed us to move past the challenges?
- What questions did we ask ourselves and others that helped move us forward?
- Who was instrumental in our success?
As important as it is to reflect back on our failures and apply lessons learned to new endeavors, it is equally important to reflect back on our successes and ensure we apply those same great strategies in our next mission.
Develop our Success Mindset
All of the things we want to change in our lives, the goals we want to achieve and the things we want more of (money, happiness, health, love) have success at the heart of them.
And success is all in your mind.
So it is critical that you have a success mindset. And this mindset takes deliberate cultivation.
We cultivate our success mindset through visualizations and affirmations, but there is another key part of the growth: we have to celebrate success in order to cultivate a success mindset.
We must continually focus on what we have accomplished instead of beating ourselves up over the overwhelming list of what we still have yet to do. We must build our self-confidence and self-esteem by celebrating every success and every win.
By celebrating, you are telling your subconscious mind that you are worthy of the reward. You are proclaiming, “I am successful” because you know that you have succeeded in the past. And you build up your self-worth and your success mindset.
If you fail to celebrate or downplay your wins, you will be sending yourself the wrong message. Instead of building up your success mindset, you’ll be sending a message that you are not worthy or you have not done enough to be proud of. You don’t deserve to celebrate. And this simply isn’t true.
Celebrate your wins and start to see yourself as the successful person you already are rather than someone who is on the journey to success.
When we are motivated, we maintain momentum. We are motivated by many things, and one of those things is our successes. So if you want to maintain momentum towards your dreams and goals, you must celebrate your successes along the way to reinforce the changes you’ve made and motivate you to keep on going.
Having a celebration or a reward that symbolizes your achievement is a powerful extrinsic motivator for continued progress.
If you never stop to celebrate success, you may start to lose your motivation and eventually lose your momentum. If you lose your momentum, it is so difficult to regain it.
How to Celebrate Success
There are many different ways to celebrate success, and you must find what works for you. What makes you feel good? Who do you want to celebrate with? What type of reward will stay with you in your mind and allow you to recall the way you feel when you accomplish big goals?
- A Physical Reward – there is a reason that trophies exist. They serve as a physical reminder of a victory. Every time your eyes land on your trophy, you remember what you did to earn that reward. Physical rewards are a great way to celebrate success. It doesn’t have to be anything expensive. It can be a piece of clothing, a new purse or a pen. As long as the reward speaks to you and serves as your trophy. A well-earned reward will forever remind you of your courage, originality, quality of work and the amount of excellence you personified in the pursuit of your goals.
- Celebration with Others – The people closest to you often play a big part in your success, either directly or indirectly. They support you in your journey. They motivate you. They inspire you. If you have some of these people in your life, include them in your celebration. Let them celebrate your wins with you.
- A Break – When we push ourselves to achieve big goals, we often forget that we also need rest. After a big accomplishment or hitting a key milestone, perhaps this is an opportunity to slow down and rest our minds and bodies. Taking a short break can serve as a celebration itself. Have you been putting off a vacation? Now may be the perfect time to take it.
If you haven’t been celebrating your successes, now is the time to start. And it isn’t too late to look back and reflect on your past successes. Take a look back over the past twelve months. Look at each month and ask yourself:
- What did I get done?
- What was finished?
- What relationships did I strengthen?
- What weight did I lose?
- What problems did I solve?
- What skills did I acquire?
- What progress did I make?
- What obstacles did I overcome?
If you look back closely, you’ll discover that there are likely several things that you have accomplished that might have come and gone without even a second of recognition. Take a look back and acknowledge everything you’ve accomplished.
And then commit to celebrating success from this point forward. In fact, I encourage you to build it right into your goal planning!
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