Celebrating success provides the motivation and confidence required to face the next challenge or opportunity in your career.
When I work with career coaching clients, I always ask them how they are going to celebrate when they have achieved their career goal. This is a simple question but is often met with silence, followed by, ‘I don’t know, I don’t usually do anything’.
How often do you celebrate your career successes and achievements?
Weekly? Monthly? Annually? Never?
It is extremely common for celebrating career success to be a rarity or not to feature at all in our lives. This is really sad, isn’t it? We just move on to the next thing and miss out on the party!
What stops us from celebrating our achievements?
Some believe that their successes aren’t worth celebrating in comparison with what others have achieved in their careers. ‘Only high impact achievements and successes are worth celebrating, not the successes of little old me.’
If this is true, can I ask what is a high impact success? Landing on the moon? Developing a vaccine that will save millions of lives? Is this what we need to achieve to justify a celebration? Well, that leaves most of us out of the celebration circle so let’s just plough on then and keep working and working and working.
BUT, ploughing on is hard work
The danger of ploughing on is that when we keep moving on to the next step, then the next, then the next, the cracks start to appear in our lives. We complete one goal and move straight on to the next. We fear failing and so have to keep going. ‘I’ve been lucky to succeed this time, but I am worried if I take a break I won’t succeed again’. There is no pause, no pat on the back and no recognition of what you have achieved so far. Ploughing on makes us feel exhausted and miserable as our mind and body cannot keep up.
By not recognising and acknowledging our achievements, we start to believe that what we are doing is not quite good enough and work harder, increasing the risk of burn out.
The four reasons to celebrate
Here are four reasons why spending time acknowledging and rewarding yourself for your efforts and achievements will make you feel happier and more fulfilled in your career.
Celebration is a positive action which reinforces that you are good enough and can achieve. Each celebration reminds you how brilliant you are, and this positive mindset will give you the confidence to move forward in your career and enable you to face challenges in a constructive manner.
Celebrating makes us feel good. Feeling good will enable you to maintain your motivation to succeed as you face your next goal.
Celebrating with others strengthens relationships (work and personal). These relationships can provide you with future support, inspiration and career opportunities.
A celebration is a time for you to enjoy yourself. Enjoyment makes us feel better and when combined with achievement our wellbeing and happiness is greatly increased.
When we celebrate our achievements, we feel great, believe we are great and go on to achieve greater things as our positive thoughts, feelings and actions give us the power to drive us forward to the next opportunity.
Take the time now to think about what you have achieved in the last month and write down how and when you are going to celebrate. It doesn’t matter how big or small the success, what matters is that you celebrate. You will feel so much better for it.
CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESSES NOW AND GIVE YOURSELF THE BEST CHANCE OF BEING HAPPY AND FULFILLED IN YOUR CAREER