How Do You Celebrate a Victory?

You’ve been fighting personal battles throughout your life. With others, with goals, and with yourself. You’ve won some, you’ve lost some. That’s just life.   

We oftentimes 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 key 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.   

If you have trouble celebrating your personal victories, try a few of these strategies. They may help you find happiness in your journey while staying grounded in what work is still left to be done. 

Embrace the struggle – Personal battles are hard for everyone. Whatever your goals are, you’re going to struggle before you reach them. You’re going to fall down and have to pick yourself back up again and again if you want to cross the finish line. When you get back up, give yourself a pat on the back. Acknowledge that you’re going to do everything in your power to not fall down again. 

This struggle is a part of the journey. It’s proof that you’re outside of your comfort zone, which means you’re going to 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 with that. It’ll make it much more enjoyable.

Know when you’ve won – This seems obvious, but how often do you take a step back and smile at what you’ve achieved? Reaching your goals is important, but so is enjoying the fruits of your labor. Too often we look toward the next goal or the next milestone without realizing how far we’ve already come. When you get lost in the future, it’s impossible to enjoy your present.  

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. When you feel like it’s time to get back to work, do it.

Prepare for the next one – You read it all the time on these posts: preparation is key. 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 have some idea of the challenges you’re going to face in the future. You also have to have the mental and physical toughness to take 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’re going to be beaten. Nobody wants that.  

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