When we reach our goal, what next…? Celebrate!
When we think about goals, it is usually a future-focused exercise. We look ahead to what we are going to achieve next and the effort we need to exert to get there.
I’ve written about the importance of reflection – the ‘looking-back’ part of goals. It helps us understand what worked well and identify what we can replicate going forward.
But another aspect of goals is Celebrating Your Wins!!
Often in life I feel myself move from one task to the next. I’m always thinking through my next challenge and problem solving how I will overcome it. But this can be tiring at times. It can sometimes feel as though I’m always needing to push myself out of my comfort zone, expending energy and time to get stuff done.
What can help build momentum, energy and inspiration is celebrating your wins. Acknowledging your achievements reinforces the trust in your talents and abilities. It is also fun! What better way to finish a goal, than to celebrate that fact that you achieved it?
Some ways that I celebrate are to:
- Reward myself – I set a challenge and reward my progress on the way, for example if I go to the gym for 4 days a week for a month, I can buy myself a new gym top.
- Keep track of it – I have a folder in my email just for feedback I have received. While this is not necessarily me celebrating my success – it is another’s recognition of my contribution or effort – I like having it as a go-to feel good place. Sometimes there’s just days that we need to pick ourselves up, and reviewing our past successes is one of the ways we can do this.
- Tell people – not in a bragging way, but in a ‘I am proud of myself’ way. I like sharing my stories with others and feeling the warmth of their encouragement in recognising my wins.
How are others’ celebrating wins?
Through the Community of Confidence series, I ask other confident women how they celebrate success. Here’s what they have shared:
- My husband and I are both big on celebrating our successes and that of our family. It usually involves a fave dinner or lunch out.
- My family is a massive support and so we always celebrate each other’s wins together with food, laughter and of course there’s alcohol involved.
- Going out to eat and participating in arts and crafts are my favorite ways to celebrate my achievements.
- First, I give myself a big round of applause. Always clap for yourself! It’s so important to pause and take a moment to celebrate our successes. We are so conditioned to just move onto the next thing, without taking a moment to appreciate all that we have done to get to where we are. Celebrating the success and treating yourself like a winner makes that feeling addictive, and a driver to go for it again instead of burning out. At the end of each goal, I set a reward for myself, and don’t allow that to be realized until the goal is. So I’ll buy the thing, or go to the place. Or, I celebrate with the people who have been with me along the journey to achieve that goal. It strengthens the relationships I have, but also allows me to be grateful to those along the way.
- I acknowledge them, write them down, refer to them when feeling in doubt. I reward myself by doing something I enjoy and I communicate my wins to my social network.
- It always starts with a gracious thank you to my support network – and then followed by a wonderful meal with my loved ones!
- I acknowledge my courage and allow the feeling of being so proud of myself to linger. I think about how far I’ve come and tell myself I’m so proud of you. I listen to loud music and dance and let those feelings stay a while 🙂
- I celebrate my wins by sharing them with my loved ones, or I reward myself with something fun or tasty.
The themes that come out of these ideas is eating, such as a dinner out, and sharing with friends or family.
It makes sense, our loved ones are our biggest fans and supporters. What a lovely way to celebrate – sharing it with those who matter most to us. And those who have seen the effort, the sacrifice, the courage and determination to get to the other side of our goal.
How do you like to celebrate your wins? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to know.