Do you celebrate your accomplishments?
I found out the other day that some big corporations use an app to manage employee recognition – that way they stay on budget, treat people equally, and never forget to celebrate a service anniversary.
If you think about it, it makes sense.
With hundreds – if not thousands – of employees to manage, why wouldn’t you need some tech help to keep everything straight?
But when you’re an entrepreneur – especially a solopreneur – remembering to celebrate your accomplishments may not be a top priority.
You might think it’s not appropriate to recognize your achievements outwardly.
You might think you don’t have time to acknowledge your successes (you already have a long enough to-do list without adding one more thing, right?)
Or maybe money’s tight, and celebrating feels like an indulgence you just can’t justify (or afford.)
If any of these ring true for you, I’d like to ask you to reconsider.
Celebrating your entrepreneurial successes and accomplishments helps you stay motivated and focused. It also helps you build traction in your efforts to grow your business.
Get into the habit of celebrating!
Here are 5 business accomplishments you can celebrate – starting today!
I often encourage clients to turn whatever it is they want to accomplish into a project – with a defined start and finish, and milestones in between. Think about your project in terms of phases, stages, or even like a book with chapters. As you finish each one, give yourself some credit for the energy and effort you put into getting to that point.
Recently I discovered and fell in love with Marcus Buckingham’s definition of strengths and weaknesses. He considers something a strength only if you’re good at it AND it makes you feel strong! Anything else is considered a weakness. You might be good at it, but if it drains you, it’s not a strength! What are you good at that makes you feel strong? Embrace and be proud!
Hearing the Word No
You might think it’s odd that I’d suggest that you celebrate hearing “no.” But you know what? If you’re hearing a no – even though you might not like it – it means you’ve asked. And that’s a good thing! You won’t know if someone would like to be a guest on your podcast, or if they’d like to join your group, or (fill in the blank) unless you ask. (Note: if you’re hearing more nos than yeses then there might be an issue there.)
How you define a “big” win is up to you and will depend on the kind of business you’re in – it could mean that you filled your retreat (hooray!) or that you launched your website (awesome!) Whatever it is, take time to congratulate yourself on what you’ve done instead of quickly moving on to the next big project.
When I think of small wins, I think of the kind of things that are on your to-do list – including everyday tasks and activities (am I the only one that gets that satisfied feeling when I cross off something from my list?) But a small win can also be simple things like taking lunch when you don’t usually stop for a break. Small wins add up – so don’t tell yourself that these “little things” don’t matter.
What else can (or do) you celebrate as an entrepreneur?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this whole idea of celebrating.
Is it something you do regularly?
If no, what gets in your way? Is it just one more thing you have to do?
If yes, what kinds of things do you celebrate? What’s your favourite way to acknowledge you and your work?
What are you celebrating right now?
Tell me in the comments so I can celebrate with you!
Not sure that celebrating accomplishments is worth your time?
If you’re still not convinced that it’s a good idea, here’s a great article that outlines 3 reasons to celebrate your accomplishments.
Need some ideas about how to celebrate?
Here’s a post with lots of ways to celebrate your success (including ones that don’t cost a fortune!)
Hi there – Mary here. Thanks for taking time out of your day to read about what I had to say! Feel free to leave your reactions in the comments – that way I can learn from you too.
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