Self Improvement 19: Celebrate!

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Celebrate every time you achieve something.

Make your life more colorful and motivate yourself by breaking your goals into smaller tasks that you can finish every day. Celebrate the small wins. As the author Tim Ferriss put it when writing a book:

My quota is two crappy pages per day. I keep it really low, so I’m not so intimidated that I never get started.

Celebrating your victories will give you a sense of accomplishment. Celebrating will also mark the end of something. You will get closure and can move to new things. Don’t wait too long to celebrate, chunk things down to smaller pieces and celebrate small victories.

Break things up

Most of us have had projects that go on and on and on. Mind-numbingly, every day. Find ways to insert milestones to break big things into manageable sizes and celebrate when you reach a milestone.

For example, when laying bricks, every brick may be a bit too small to celebrate. Depending on what you are building, you can celebrate every row of bricks, or when you reach waist high or eye level. You can time your celebration so that it coincides with your breaks.

Celebrate small wins

The celebration does not have to mean a big party with balloons and fireworks. For example today I ran my fastest 10K this season. It’s not a big deal, I will have many faster runs coming up, but I celebrated it by giving myself a really tasty dessert at lunchtime.

Pat your team-mates on the back. Have a cake or just acknowledge the accomplishment and congratulate yourself and others on the job well done.

celebrate mandela quote

Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead. – Nelson Mandela

Harvard Business Review article points out that celebrating even small wins helps a lot:

The good news is that even small wins can boost inner work life tremendously. Many of the progress events our research participants reported represented only minor steps forward. Yet they often evoked outsize positive reactions.

The key point that makes small wins useful is that you break your large tasks into smaller manageable objectives that motivate you. The study “Small Wins,” University of Michigan psychologist Karl Weick:

A series of concrete, complete outcomes of moderate importance build a pattern that attracts allies and deters opponents.

Celebrate big successes

When you reach a Big Hairy Audacious Goal celebrate in full force. Go all out. Party hats and everything. Invite everybody to join and share the good vibes. With big celebrations, you don’t have to limit the people with the group that was involved. Invite everybody. Friends, family members, co-workers, business partners, etc.

Celebration creates meaning and motivation for all the people who were involved or just followed the progress.

Celebrate by yourself

Big celebrations should be held with people you care about. But sometimes it’s a small thing, or there’s just nobody available. Managed to solve this Sudoku? Celebrate! Created fire on an inhabited island after the shipwreck? Celebrate! Even alone the mental state of celebration will make you ready for new challenges.

Celebrate your small wins by giving yourself a break or a treat. The promise of the desired award at the end of the task makes you more motivated, and you will finish faster. Celebration makes you happier and happier people are 12 percent more creative.

hardest sudoku

The Everest of numerical games was devised by Arto Inkala, a Finnish mathematician, and is specifically designed to be unsolvable to all but the sharpest minds.

Celebrate with friends

Ask friends to share your moments of success. Create an event that will give credit to the people involved and be fun to attend to everybody else. Include your family (if appropriate), go ahead make your parents proud. Connect with other and share your moment of happiness.

Sam Walton celebrate

Celebrate your successes. Find some humor in your failures. – Sam Walton

How to make sure that you celebrate small wins

First, the celebration does not mean marching band and fireworks. For small victories, you could limit yourself to a piece of cake or even candy. Maybe watch that funny cat video on Youtube

  1. Break a large goal into manageable chunks. Depending on a goal the small tasks could range from a few hours to several days.
  2. Select a concrete thing that you will do when celebrating.
  3. Complete your task.
  4. Celebrate!
  5. Move to the next item.

One important note is that you shouldn’t get carried away with your celebration. If you work for an hour, then 10 to 20 minutes of break and celebration are in order.

Remember that you are awesome. Don’t forget to give yourself credit for all your accomplishments and celebrate whenever you can. Always make sure you treat yourself well and use positive self-talk.

Now, what did you accomplish lately? Celebrate!

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  1. July 1, 2013

    […] Now, I celebrate. […]

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