"Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast -- you also miss the sense of where you are going and why."
Eddie Cantor, Comedian and Singer
1892 - 1964
Take Time to Celebrate!
Celebrate: to observe a notable occasion with festivities; to refrain from ordinary business; to honor as a holiday with ceremonies.
Do you take time out to celebrate your wins and successes in life?
Have you noticed that sometimes -- once we achieve a goal -- we immediately get caught up in the pursuit of the next one?
Why do we do this?
Isnít celebration and the enjoyment of our accomplishments part of the fulfillment process? Yes, of course it is, but many times we simply do not include celebration as part of our reward for a job well done.
My encouragement to you is that we each look at our life and pro-actively celebrate our various wins and successes. Otherwise, whatís the point? Plowing through life -- never intentionally stopping to enjoy the harvest -- can leave us weary and unfulfilled. We feel we never accomplish enough. Thereís always another goal or opportunity waiting to be engaged.
Celebration causes us to acknowledge what we have achieved -- whatever that might be -- and to stay grounded. You deserve it, you are worthy of it -- and you need to do it.
The only time to enjoy, reflect, and celebrate a win is in the moment. Could you imagine the Olympic Closing Ceremonies being held two months after the event?
Celebration should not be limited to big events; it should apply equally to all areas in our life, from minor to major.
When Ken Blanchard first released The One Minute Manager, many experts said it was too shallow. But here we are 20 years later -- and that book is still on the bestseller list. The entire premise of the book is to find an activity that a person is doing right and praise him or her for it.
After making sure you celebrate your own wins and successes, you can help others celebrate theirs. A work environment where nothing is ever celebrated can quickly become disillusioned and depressed.
What about children? Think about how much celebration occurs when baby takes his first step.
Please donít discount the profound influence and positive impact this strategy of celebration can and will have for you and others.
Here are some examples.
- During a particular project, my task focus was revising over 2,000,000 words of content; I realized that I was focusing on what was still left to do, rather than celebrating what I had already completed. The workload ahead of me became a burden.
Why? As we completed each of the many projects on our list, we did not take time to celebrate its completion -- we had to press on, heads down, to the next project. We now take more time to enjoy the completion of each project!
- At times I can be very focused on my own tasks and not celebrate the completion of other team membersí projects. I am addressing this.
- Research proves that behavior that is affirmed is repeated. So with my children, I make sure I celebrate even the smallest of wins with them -- from being successful in a spelling test to achieving their next belt level in martial arts. Itís amazing how powerful this simple value of celebration can be to influence others and to help them feel better about themselves.
Other successes we all can celebrate . . .
- You called a friend to encourage him or her in lifeís endeavors.
Choose to celebrate -- rather than beat yourself up for all the other friends you have not called.
- You cut back on junk food and feel better about yourself.
Choose to celebrate -- rather than feel down because you ate ice cream this week
- You cleaned up your home office and it looks great.
Choose to celebrate -- rather than think about the other four rooms that still need to be done.
- You lost 5 pounds.
Choose to celebrate -- rather than think about the other 20 you still want to lose
- You thanked and encouraged one of your family members or colleagues.
Choose to celebrate -- rather than think about the two people you missed thanking.
And on it goes . . .
The celebration methods that will meet your needs will vary, depending on your desires and what you are celebrating -- but be creative and think out of the box.
It could be as simple as taking a few minutes from your hectic pace to reflect and enjoy the moment, go out for dinner, or treat yourself to a special coffee. The options are endless. It really doesnít matter what you do, as long as you celebrate in a way that works for you.
In the end, celebration means we have not only acknowledged our success, but we feel worthy of it. I encourage you . . . if you have not already done so . . . to give yourself permission to celebrate all the wins in your life.
Action Steps for Taking Time to Celebrate
1. Do you take time to celebrate your successes and wins in life? Why? Why not?
2. Celebration should not be limited to significant events in life. Are there some potential successes in your life that you could more intentionally celebrate?
3. List all the activities and events in your life that you should consider celebrating.
4. Now that you have your list, think of a reasonable celebration activity to match each of the items.
5. Implement the new celebration items within the next 30 days. Some activities might take seconds to celebrate; others may take days! The type and style of celebrations you embrace can be as unique as the successes they honor.
6. Which individuals in your life can you encourage to celebrate their successes more? List their names now.
7. Make a commitment to talk to at least one person in the next week about putting more celebration into his or her life.
8. Life is about celebrating our wins. I want you to know you are not only worthy of celebration -- you deserve it!
9. The best thing we can all do to celebrate the idea of celebration is to pass it on!
Until next time, keep Living On Purpose.
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Ken Keis, MBA, CPC, is an internationally known author, speaker, and consultant. He is President and CEO of CRG Consulting Resource Group International, Inc., Many professionals herald CRG as the Number One global resource center for Personal and Professional Development.
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