We easily take time to celebrate our loved ones. When our partner gets a promotion at work, our friend finally moves to the city they’ve been dreaming of for years, or our kid makes their first ever soccer goal, we effortlessly turn our attention to them to celebrate their success. It’s exciting to honor their accomplishments, and be part of encouraging their hard work. You should also take time to celebrate yourself the same way.
Unfortunately, it often doesn’t often work out that way. We can get stuck in a cycle of setting goals, working hard, reaching those goals, and then quickly moving on to the next task. We forget to recognize our own efforts and achievements, and don’t give ourselves a pat on the back.
Celebrating yourself is about more than just feeling good about yourself. It’s about looking at the process of achieving your goal, or finishing a monumental task, and then reflecting on the journey. What did you learn? What skills did you gain? Did you enjoy what you were doing – and would you want to do it again? This time for self-reflection can have a huge effect on your personal growth. It allows you to shine a light on your strengths and your progress, and better look at how you can serve the world around you.
Beyond the self-reflection component, take a look at the reasons for celebrating others. Why do we let our loved ones know that we are proud of them? We do it to encourage them. We do it to strengthen their sense of belonging. When you fail to celebrate yourself, you rob yourself of these rewarding opportunities.
There is also something to be said about surrounding ourselves with people who celebrate us. Find people who will take the time to celebrate your successes, and be sure to return the favor when they accomplish a task or goal.
“Go where you are celebrated — not tolerated. If they can’t see the real value of you, it’s time for a new start.” — Unknown
Next time you accomplish something, stop yourself before you just roll into your next goal or task. Take a moment to celebrate what you’ve done, and reflect on how you’ve grown in the past weeks, months, and even years. Turn inwards to self-reflect and celebrate yourself, and then be sure to share your accomplishments with encouraging loved ones.
Keep in mind that these moments worthy of celebration don’t have to be monumental. You don’t need to limit yourself to only celebrating major milestones.
Find opportunities to celebrate yourself on a daily basis.
Maybe you went to a yoga class despite not feeling up to it, tried a new challenging recipe for dinner, or stood up for yourself at work. Your celebrations don’t even need to be so concrete. You can simply take a moment to celebrate the delight in being alive and working towards your goals, even if you haven’t yet accomplished them. There are always opportunities to celebrate yourself – you just need to put the energy into recognizing them.
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