The Importance of Celebration
Today I want to discuss the Importance of Celebration. We are 12 days into our 365 Moments of Clarity. Twelve is a special number for me, therefore, I wanted to celebrate accomplishing writing 12 blogs in this project.
As with any project taken on, celebration is one of the keys to keep motivation alive. Celebration comes in all shapes and sizes. For instance, each year I celebrate the blessing of living on this beautiful planet called earth by taking a trip to somewhere I have never seen. In addition, I celebrate the blessing of living in my country, the United States of America, by traveling to a place in the US I have never been.
Today, I chose a small celebration to celebrate writing 12 blogs. I celebrated by taking the morning off of working on my business. My celebratory actions included taking a good long walk with my furchild – Bella Jean, reading a new book I just purchased with the hopes that it will inspire future blog topics, meditating with some nice relaxing music and saying a gratitude prayer for all my blessings. It was a perfect morning and exactly what I needed to continue writing in the late afternoon.
There are many ways to celebrate from taking yourself out to dinner to going to that museum you have been wanting to explore; from date night with your honey to going to the beach for the day and leaving work behind. Celebrations are meant to be personal and have meaning to only you. It is your gift to yourself. And you are not just celebrating an accomplishment. You are celebrating the time it took to accomplish the task or project, the support your received while in the midst of the task or project, the energy, the emotions, the hard work, and the thoughts behind the actions.
The moment of celebration is to celebrate everything before and leading up to the finish line of what it takes personally, professionally, emotionally, spiritually and physically to accomplish the goal. That is what you are celebrating. When you see the all encompassing steps from desire to vision to actions, you can see why celebrating that moment is the biggest gift to you and the biggest motivator for your next goal.
I believe we are here to play and learn. Both equally important. Even though I love what I do professionally, I also have a lot of others interests I love to do personally and want to give just as much attention to those interests. Those personal interests are my gift to myself for all the learning, teaching and coaching I do professionally. If you ask me, celebration is my glue between my two worlds.
“Celebrating our successes and acknowledging personal growth helps
keep us on track and motivated towards our goals.” — Anonymous
Today’s exercise comes from David Riklan. I saw an article of his awhile back on his Self Growth website. As you read this list, I bet things you normally wouldn’t think of celebrating are actually items that could use some celebration.
To figure out and pay tribute to the positive things you’ve already accomplished, take a few minutes to look back on the past 12 months and ask:
What have you done in the past year that has improved who you are as a person?
1) Have you taken steps to try and see the positive in situations more frequently?
2) Have you broken off any toxic relationships?
3) Have you become more assertive?
4) Have you worked on effectively communicating with others?
What have you done in the past year that has helped improve someone else’s life?
1) Have you given your money or time to a charity?
2) Did you donate blood?
3) Have you provided someone with a shoulder to cry on?
4) Did you give up your seat on the bus or train to someone else or help someone carry their groceries to their car?
5) Did you teach a child how to ride a bike, tie a shoelace, or play a sport?
What have you accomplished off of your day-to-day to-do list?
1) Did you finally get around to cleaning out the garage?
2) Did you pay off a debt?
3) Did you get rid of your old clothes to free up more closet space?
4) Did you organize your files or your desk at work?
5) Did you plant that garden, fix that car, or paint that room?
What have you accomplished off your “bucket list?”
1) Did you finally take a trip you’ve always wanted to take?
2) Did you write that book you’ve always wanted to write?
3) Did you learn a new language?
4) Did you land your dream job?
5) Did you graduate from college, buy a home, get married, or have a baby?
Did you do anything to improve yourself or your life?
Grab a piece of paper and a pen and write down at least 10 things you’ve accomplished in the past year.
Down below, tell me how you celebrate your accomplishments. What were your past celebrations? Your favorite celebrations? And what is that one BIG celebration you have in your back pocket for the next time you accomplish something big?