We were lollygagging in the back yard last Sunday, pulling weeds and taking lots of breaks on the swing, when something reminded me that summer is right around the corner.
It wasn’t the sun on my eyelids or the daffodils blooming under the bare trumpet vine. It wasn’t the exuberance in the voice of the little wren looking to build a nest in the shed.
It was a chorus of “Happy Birthday” drifting up from the park behind our house.
Happens like clockwork every Sunday during the warm months.
People gather to celebrate with potato salad and blue-frosted cake and occasionally a piñata to whack open. And a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday.
It makes me smile every time.
And wonder why we have to wait for our one special day of the year to celebrate.
Why not make celebration a part of our regular practice?
This came up recently at my favorite networking event, the observation that we spend so much time crossing things off our “To Do” list without ever stopping to acknowledge what we’ve done.
I know I’m guilty.
Maybe it’s because the “To Do” list never ends and it’s constantly there to remind me of the reaching and striving for the next milestone—the next speaking gig, the next launch, the next product, the next numerical win.
And along the way to those big milestones are a thousand and one smaller milestones that go unnoticed and unrecognized.
I think we should celebrate every single one and here’s why they deserve, if not a piñata, at least a noisemaker and a happy dance.
- Celebrating reminds you how far you’ve come, which helps maintain momentum and perspective.
- Celebrating keeps you focused on the positive, on what’s going well in your life and business (a powerful antidote to habitual dwelling on challenges and lack.)
- Celebrating keeps us pointed at our goals, which helps keep us motivated to keep going for what we want.
- Celebrating reminds us of our why, of our big motivating factor, the reason we got into this entrepreneurship thing in the first place.
When our sense of purpose is strong, then our actions become much more meaningful as we move toward our goals and fulfill our purpose.
- Celebrating turns up the volume on gratitude.
Studies show that actively practicing gratitude gives us more confidence, more creativity and more resilience in the face of challenges. How helpful is that to an entrepreneur?
- Celebrating is fun and it feels good.
WOO WOO ALERT! Feeling good raises your vibration. When you’re vibrating at a higher frequency, you attract at a higher frequency. When you feel good, you attract things that make you keep feeling good. When you’re having fun and living in abundance, you attract things that keep you having fun and living in abundance.
Celebrating keeps that upward spiral going and going.
- Celebrating tells the Universe that you’ve noticed it’s role in what you’re creating.
The Universe is like a little kid about to break bad. Egg it on a little and it can’t turn itself off.
Celebrating your wins urges the U to keep going, to keep giving you more wins to celebrate.
I love any excuse to buy a notebook, so get yourself a special notebook and dedicate it to your accomplishments.
My colleague, Ursula Jorch of Work Alchemy recommends daily celebration and created this lovely little Success Journal to walk you through a daily accounting of your wins.
I go weekly, and at the end of every week, I list my wins. (I schedule this time in my calendar or else I forget)
Find what works for you and keep track of your milestones—goals you reached, numbers you hit, progress you made toward projects.
Did you complete your opt-in gift? Hit 1,000 Facebook likes? Finish the outline of your e-book?
Did you hit your monthly money goal? Keep up with your income tracking sheets? Clear one item of money clutter? Finish a training? Earn a certificate for best speech at your Toastmasters meeting?
Write it all down.
Over time, you’ll have a record of your progress and you’ll be able to clearly see the places that need more attention.
As part of the celebration, don’t forget to actually celebrate. Build in some rewards as milestones are made. Nice bottle of wine? Little weekend getaway to someplace with naked hot tubs and massage? Piñata?
How will you celebrate your wins and your accomplishments and your achievements?
Leave a comment below and share what you’re celebrating this week and your favorite way to acknowledge yourself.
(For the record, I’m celebrating finally quitting my day job and I think this calls for champagne!)