One of the ways to keep motivated and moving towards achieving your goals is by celebrating your wins. Are you good at celebrating? Do you look for any reason to have a party, open some champagne, and maybe even get presents?
I am not so good at celebrating little things. It isn’t that I don’t like celebrations, but often I don’t let myself celebrate unless it is a really big deal. For example, I gave myself a party when I got my Ph.D., and another when I got tenure. Those were big life goals, and it felt right to celebrate them.
I’ve been trying to adjust my attitude about celebrations, which I wrote about here. I have a lot of goals and plans, and sometimes it is difficulted to stay motivated. I am hardly alone in this. It is barely the third week in January and already the masses who showed up at my gym on January 1st are declining. The fitness drop outs mean I will no longer have to wait for a lane at the pool. However, I feel bad for the ones who have already given up on their goals.
Celebrating little wins can help keep you energized around your goals. According to Michael Hyatt in his book Your Best Year Ever, celebrating little wins triggers a shot of dopamine in our body–a feel good shot to the brain.
Celebrating wins helps you recommit to a goal. It validates your work. When we make progress on our biggest goals, we can use that effort to push us to the next phase- but only if we stop to notice and celebrate the achievement.
Hyatt says, “It’s critical to dance across the mile markers. Bring your family into it. Bring your friends into it. But take time to celebrate. Reinforce it. Let it sink into your nervous system and power you across the goal line.”
This week I danced with a mile marker. I got published in a book called Time to Fly, a book of daily insights to inspire people to live with hope, enthusiasm, confidence and intention. I submitted ten entries, hoping that perhaps one would get chosen to be included in the book. All ten were chosen. I am among the top ten authors with the most pages included in the book.
This win was exactly what I needed, because I have a bigger goal, to finish writing a book this year. It was encouraging to have my words chosen by an editor and to have them included in a book that was published. I felt validated. But most of importantly, it gave me confidence. If I can get ten articles published in a book, I can get twenty. Or write 300 pages.
When the physical book showed up on my doorstep you better believe that I did a little happy dance. We drank champagne. I had fun sending the book and little clues about it as a surprise gift for my daughters.
I look forward to sharing my small win with friends and family in the next few weeks. I’ll keep the little celebration going and use it to fuel my goals. I am learning that sometimes fun is a powerful motivator.
What about you? Do you celebrate your small or big wins? Does it encourage you and help you to stay motivated? I would love to hear your stories.
P.S. The book Time to Fly is available now on Amazon. There are 360 days of inspiration, motivation, and productivity tips from a group of successful writers, business people and entrepreneurs. If you buy it through my link, I will earn a small percentage, which helps me pay for the costs of hosting this blog. You can check it out here. Whether or not you buy a copy, thanks for reading my blog, I hope it inspires you in some small way.