With less than two weeks to the start of the new year, many of us have begun to think about New Year’s resolutions we will set, others, like me, have not set any. This year, I decided to set aside time to reflect upon and celebrate my successes from the past 360ish days before I plan for next year. By taking time to celebrate every success, no matter how big or small, it builds your confidence and makes it easier to keep pushing forward to reach those large-scale future goals; not to mention a celebration affords closure on goals you’ve been working towards for a while, provides encouragement to continue, and makes every success even sweeter.
During this busy time of year take a bit of time to sit back, relax, and consider all that you’ve accomplished. Maybe ask a friend or spouse to join you. Honor your successes because they have not been easy. I say this because all of us have things in our lives that keep us very busy: work, family, friends, and the list goes on. As you remember your successes, notice how they make you feel. What words do you draw to mind? Successes are important, they are what keep you moving forward as you set new goals. Now that you’ve brought to mind all that you’ve accomplished, are you ready to celebrate? Your celebration doesn’t have to be a big deal. It can be something you do alone or something you share with others. It just has to make you feel successful and help you savor your accomplishment.
Here are some great ways to celebrate your successes, both big and small:
- Take a deep breath.
- Reflect on the path you took.
- Write down your success and put it where you can see it everyday.
- Thank everyone who supported you.
- Support someone else in reaching his or her goal.
- Cross it off your master list of goals.
- Go for a run.
- Veg out.
- Cheer for yourself.
- Do something you enjoy but rarely have time to do.
- Go out for dinner.
- Spend the day with your family.
- Start a success journal.
- Treat yourself to a day of rest and relaxation.
How doesn’t matter, it’s just important that you do celebrate.
Congratulations on all your success in 2015!