Featured Whistler Question Newspaper Column, May 2, 2017: 6 Surefire Ways to Celebrate Success
Lighthouse Mentor Network just wrapped up its sixth season and to celebrate, we have a party. Whilst planning this gathering every year, it always occurs to me how strange it would feel to skip the ritual of celebrating everyone’s amazing achievements.
Celebrating is an integral part of truly being successful but all too often, we just move on to the next thing without taking time to bask in our achievements.Here are potential reasons why
Why Don’t We Take Time to Celebrate?
Here are potential reasons why reluctance to celebrate might be on the rise.
Instant gratification. We live in a fast-paced world whereby we fail to pause and celebrate accomplishments along the way, and sometimes even skip observing when bigger goals are achieved. Our jammed calendars and lofty plans necessitate that we immediately move on to the next thing.
Impostor syndrome. Wikipedia describes this psychological phenomenon as “when people are unable to internalize their accomplishments and instead, remain convinced they are frauds and don’t deserve the success they have achieved.” Instead, they attribute it to luck, timing or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more competent than they believe themselves to be.
Comparisons. This is a cycle of negativity that has us discounting our achievements when comparing ourselves to others. You complete your first 10K run but your time was really slow or you were just promoted and hope you have the skills to do the job.
How Do You Break Out Of The Above Cycles?
So how do you break out of the above cycles that so clearly diminish confidence? Here are six strategies to ensure you extol your achievements.
- Celebrate along the way. Many people only commemorate a goal once it’s reached, but it’s important to break it down into milestones so as to acknowledge the small wins. This creates a habit of positivity and reinforces working towards goals. After all, those small steps produce results in the end.
- Celebrate failures, right alongside your successes. We often learn as much from things that don’t work, as from what does. Pausing to acknowledge your failures means embracing that opportunity to learn, as well as to correct your path and turn things around. Motivational speaker Tom Krause touts that “there are no failures, just experiences and your reactions to them”.
- Celebrating builds self-confidence around your achievements, so as to confirm you have the skills and knowledge to reach those plateaus. That self-confidence moves you towards being an expert in your field, and ultimately that means you’ll deliver value to your clients and garner respect in your industry.
- Celebrating will inspire you to continually strive.
- Keep a journal that diarizes your successes, your learning and your gratitude. Own your success.
- And finally, celebrating gives you an opportunity to acknowledge those around you that have supported you to reach your goals. Success is not a destination. It is a journey and one that is much more rewarding when shared with those around you.
As Tom Peters said, “Celebrate what you want to see more of.” Take pride in your successes and more will come your way!
SO TELL ME HERE: What is your surefire way to celebrate your successes?
At Lighthouse Visionary Strategies, Cathy Goddard offers business and life coaching, workshops and the popular Whistler Open Forum Speaker Series. She is founder of Lighthouse Mentor Network, a mentor program nominated for Small Business BC Awards for 5 consecutive years. She writes this column for the Whistler Question newspaper.