I love a good celebration. Whether we’re celebrating a birthday, a holiday, a milestone, a promotion, a friendship, an accomplishment, or just getting through the yellow light before it turns red, count me in. Big or small, it feels good to celebrate.
For some, celebrations are serious business. We spend countless hours planning and preparing huge events. We work tirelessly to pull off surprise parties (often for people who don’t like surprises). We stay up way past our bedtime to join the countdown on New Year’s Eve to celebrate something we had nothing to do with.
The fact we like to celebrate in big ways does not amaze me. What amazes me is that the same people who make their plan weeks in advance for these big celebrations are the same ones who can’t make the time to celebrate real victories in their personal or professional life throughout the year.
You see, I’m a firm believer we don’t do enough celebrating. In fact, I believe if we are going to celebrate something we have nothing to do with, then we should celebrate like there’s no tomorrow when we do things in our personal and professional life that deserve a great celebration!
So, why should you care about celebrating success? No one is perfect, and mistakes will always be made. Too often we focus on the mistakes and forget to celebrate those things that work well. As leaders we have a responsibility to lift people up by celebrating the good stuff. When we don’t, we contribute to a culture of disengagement at work and home, and it’s one of the easiest things to fix.
There are many ways to celebrate your successes, and I encourage you to find a method and stick with it. For those who don’t celebrate much, I offer the following suggestions to get you started:
(1) Prepare for a celebration
If we can open a bottle of champagne to celebrate the arrival of a New Year, we can certainly open a bottle for a real accomplishment. So here’s my challenge to you. To prepare for the celebrations to come, go to your local grocery store, buy a few bottles of cheap champagne and put them in your refrigerator (if you don’t drink alcohol, get yourself some non-alcoholic champagne). When you experience your next victory this year, pop open a bottle of bubbly and celebrate your success.
(2) Celebrate the small stuff
“I’d celebrate somethin’ if there was somethin’ worth celebrating!” Those were the words shared with me by an audience member not long ago when I spoke on our need to celebrate. I took the opportunity to determine why this person didn’t think there was anything worth celebrating, and learned she thought it had to be something big. The great thing about celebration is we can celebrate anything, regardless of how small it is. In fact, I believe that once you start celebrating the small stuff, you’ll find more of it to celebrate. Don’t wait around for something big to happen. Look for the small stuff.
(3) Allocate time to celebrate
Friday night is Date Night. If I’m not traveling, my wife and I make it a point to have a designated night to spend together. In addition to spending time talking and enjoying each other’s company, we take time to identify things to celebrate. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the insanity of the world and miss the small things worth celebrating. We try to celebrate the small stuff when it happens, but if we miss it, we raise a glass on Date Night … which also happens to be Champagne Friday. If you’ve heard me speak, you know about Champagne Friday. If you haven’t heard me speak, take a look at this video to learn what it’s all about.
We all enjoy a good celebration. In fact, we all know we could enjoy life more if we took some time to celebrate the successes. However, our success in life is not determined by what we know. Our success in life is determined by what we do. As you go through this week, make time to celebrate life! Click here for video.
© 2015 Clint Swindall — Clint is the president & CEO of Verbalocity, Inc., a personal development company with a focus on leadership enhancement. For information about how he can enhance employee engagement in your organization, please visit www.verbalocity.com, or contact him directly firstname.lastname@example.org.