Celebrate success, no matter how small.
This is something that I neglect to do – a lot! – and I’m cheating myself of an extra dose of happiness. Maybe you do it, too? For example, here’s a very common thing I forget to give myself credit for – paying bills.
It’s a mundane chore – not hard, but not fun – that has to be done on a regular basis, in a timely fashion. And I put it off as long as possible, and get it over with as quickly as possible, and then I move on. I put the whole process behind me until the next time I have to do it, and put it out of my mind completely. No positive reinforcement, no negative reinforcement – nothing.
Here’s what I should be saying to myself instead:
“You rock! You just did something amazing! Time to celebrate!”
The celebration doesn’t have to be much – if it’s a pretty day, a spontaneous trip to the park with the dogs would be perfect for Duffy, Henley and me.
The way to make a chore more fun is to have a little reward at the end of it. If you’re familiar with the concepts used in positive dog training, then you get this. If not, just think of what you’d rather have when you’re faced with a chore – a carrot or a stick? (This analogy comes from the long-ago days when farmers had mules who might or might not want to work – would they whip the mule with a stick or entice it with a carrot?)
Do you have something in your job, your business or your life that you do but don’t celebrate?
Maybe it’s as simple as finally sending the email you’ve been dreading, cleaning out the junk drawer in the kitchen, or enrolling in a class that intrigues you but scares you.
Once you work up the nerve…once you conjure the strength…once you actually put your mind and body to it and do it, give yourself credit.
You did it – celebrate!
Your celebration can be whatever you want it to be. You’re in charge of celebrating you, and only you know what motivates you. A new pair of shoes? A round of golf at a swanky club? A cupcake? Whatever it is, give it to yourself happily and generously, and savor the fun of it, as well as savoring the feeling of a job well done.
Always recognize your successes as you’d wish/hope/dream that a boss, friend or partner would, and celebrate yourself. Do something special for you each time you succeed – you deserve it, and you’ll be happier, too.
I’d love to know how you celebrate yourself. Please email me with your success strategies, and have a happy day!
Sandy Weaver – I work with organizations to boost morale, productivity and the bottom line. 770-310-6932, sandy (at sign) sandyjweaver (dot) com
PS…why, yes, I did celebrate the completion of this blog post with a walk at the river. Thanks for asking!