One step of the goal-setting process that tends to minimize is the reflection and celebration of accomplishments – the small steps that lead to reaching my goal and the successful completion.
We have reached the last quarter of the year, and this is the perfect time to reflect and celebrate your goals.
At the start of the year, what did you hope to accomplish?
How did you plan to grow your professional abilities, skills, and competencies?
Pausing to reflect on your goals and then examining the progress you have made, the milestones and accomplishments achieved, and the obstacles you’ve overcome will help you to see that despite the hardships, you have made a lot of progress that will motivate you to continue.
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By identifying the following steps, you’ll feel refocused and re-energized towards your goal and be ready to implement the following measures, allowing your next reflection period to have even more accomplishments listed!
You’ve been fighting personal battles throughout your life. With others, with goals, and with yourself.
You’ve won and lost some, and that’s just life.
We frequently don’t acknowledge the battles we win, even though winning those battles is something to celebrate.
Whatever you’re working towards, your success is worth celebrating. Acknowledging that is important for keeping yourself motivated to fight more.
There’s a pivotal balance to celebrating a victory. You can ignore the celebration and move immediately to your next battle, but that takes away the enjoyment of success. You can also celebrate too much and lose sight of personal growth entirely. You have to find what works best for you.
Try a few of these strategies if you have trouble celebrating your victories. They may help you find happiness in your journey while staying grounded in what work is still left to be done.
Celebrate winning your battles
There are many small ways to celebrate success. Use this list as inspiration the next time you or someone close to you accomplishes a goal:
- Embrace the struggle
Personal battles are brutal for everyone. Whatever your goals are, you will struggle before you reach them. You’re going to fall and have to pick yourself up again and again if you want to cross the finish line. When you get back up, pat yourself on the back. Acknowledge that you will do everything in your power not to fall again.
This struggle is a part of the journey. It’s proof that you’re outside of your comfort zone, which means you’ll learn more and grow as a person. Celebrate it. You don’t have to throw a party, but recognize that you’re growing in real-time and be happy. It’ll make it much more enjoyable.
- Know when you’ve won
This seems obvious, but how often do you step back and smile at what you’ve achieved?
Reaching your goals is essential, but so is enjoying the fruits of your labor.
Too often, we look toward the next goal or milestone without realizing how far we’ve already come.
When you get lost in the future, enjoying your present is impossible.
Next time you win a battle, realize it. Feel good about it. Celebrate it. Success feels good, and you have earned the right to enjoy it. You worked hard for that feeling. If you accomplish a fitness goal, take a moment to enjoy it. Maybe even take an extra day of rest. The key here is to remember that there’s still work today. Do it when you feel like it’s time to get back to work.
- Prepare for the next one
You read it all the time on these posts: preparation is essential.
Without preparation, failure is inevitable. Once you acknowledge that you’ve won a battle and enjoy some time with that, start preparing for the next one.
Battles are won when they are prepared for. You have to know the challenges you will face in the future. You also have the mental and physical toughness to take on those challenges when your plans don’t go your way. You may be able to get by some with improvisation alone. More often than not, though, you’ll beat yourself, and nobody wants that.
You’re worth it!
Figuring out what you want to do next and how to get there?
All too often, this side of review and evaluation gets missed. We focus on what’s not working so we can change it and forget to recognize what’s gone well and to stop and celebrate it purposefully.
And not just in passing but – to recognize it and do something positive about it – in other words, to celebrate it – on purpose.
Embrace your passions and find the grit to take control of your life!
And an excellent point to remember is that you must recognize your success if you want other people.
How you do it is up to you – but just do it and have some fun.
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