Celebrating progress ~ the fun way to feel more confident and motivated

I remember congratulating a new client once who had just achieved her first small win, and a crucial milestone. As a coach, I’m a great advocate of acknowledging the small victories and celebrating progress. My client, however, tried to play down her achievement, confiding that celebrating made her feel uncomfortable.

If this sounds familiar, don’t worry. Women don’t always like to make a big deal out of their achievements ~ nobody likes the thought of success going to their head!

But we may not even give ourselves a pat on the back even when we deserve it. And when you have high expectations of yourself, celebrating will probably be the last thing on your mind!

A royal example

We have just celebrated a happy event in the UK that made global news ~ the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan, now Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

You may have a love or hate relationship with the royal family. As far as I am concerned, I have great admiration for them. I come from a country that doesn’t have any royals representing their nation the way this one does. And as is so often the case, we don’t always appreciate something fully until it’s missing from our lives.

Also, so much has changed since previous royal weddings  Just imagine: now it is possible for a foreign commoner and divorcee from a mixed race background to marry into such a highly traditional institution. If anything, that is worth celebrating!

Celebrating progress has many benefits

In our always-on world, many women are so caught up in their business that we forget to acknowledge and celebrate successes (perhaps unless they are outstanding achievements?). Or we take them for granted and don’t like to make a fuss.

On the other hand, we can’t help but notice the negative changes (like losing your best client), as these might cause us a fair amount of anguish.

But what if you did celebrate the small wins? All the milestones and achievements en route to your success?

The truth is that celebrating even small changes, can provide you with a welcome ‘stop’ in the hum drum and day-to-day routine of life. A rare opportunity to assess the bigger picture too.

Best of all, all celebrations, even those small ones, will motivate and inspire you. So don’t forget to give yourself a well deserved pat on the back from time to time. Or to share and toast the news with people close to you.

You never know, your achievements may have a similar motivating effect on your family, clients or colleagues.

Sometimes they even symbolise a new beginning!

But ultimately, marking the smaller milestones helps you to measure your progress and track how far you’ve come on your journey. Which, in turn, builds your confidence (and we can never have enough of that in business, can we?)!

After all, it’s the sum of all small accomplishments that leads to the final result.

Not sure what to celebrate?

Perhaps you are still thinking that you don’t really have anything to celebrate?

What about celebrating any of these:

  • a new skill you’ve learned
  • a new website
  • a new client
  • your first blog post
  • a fantastic testimonial
  • helping a difficult customer

Even during challenging times or when you’ve overcome a difficult obstacle, there will be things you have learned.

Why not be proud of these too?

As you may have guessed, I did celebrate the wedding. I also celebrated a personal accomplishment ~ adjusting to the physical limitations that my new chronic illness imposes on me.

And now my recent celebrations are spurring me on to make progress with my next professional goal – my book.

For some people, an event like the Royal wedding could merely be a reminder to stop the clock, enjoy the moment and appreciate what you’ve achieved. Piggybacking on another occasion could be a useful trick for anyone who hasn’t got into the habit yet of acknowledging their small victories.

There will come a point when you don’t need a reminder or an excuse to celebrate, when celebrating progress has become next to nature.

With every job I’ve gotten, I’ve bought myself something. When ‘Glee’ was picked up, I rented a piano for the year. For smaller victories, I’ll go to dinner with a friend, or go for a walk and think about it all. It’s important to say to yourself, today was a good day. (Dianna Agron)

Let’s celebrate together! Why not share a recent achievement with me and my readers, and let us know how you will celebrate?


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