As this year comes to a close, if you’re like me, you’ll probably take some time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished (or not) in 2012 and to set new goals + determinations for 2013.
A goal, whether it’s personal “I want to get fit and healthy” or professional “I want to make an additional $2000/month in my business”, is usually broken down into these four steps:
Step 1) you get clear on what you want to achieve
Step 2) you set specific + measurable + realistic goals
Step 3) you take the steps to achieve these goals
Step 4) you achieve your goals
At this point, do you know what happens? After Step 4, most people return to
Step 1 with the question: “OK, what’s next?” And then it’s on to Step 2 and 3 and 4 again.
Hold on. Stop right there. There’s actually a very important fifth step that many of us leave out.
Step 5 is celebrate your achievements!
Our happiness doesn’t come from simply reaching our goals but rather celebrating them.
After working hard to reach your goals, taking time to celebrate gives you the opportunity to:
• Capture the learning. See what worked + what hasn’t worked + what you would do differently next time. When you take stock of what you’ve learned along the way to your goals, you can consciously incorporate those lessons in the future.
• Acknowledge your internal resources. When you’re working toward achieving your goals, you bring forth various internal resources, such as courage, persistence, creativity, to meet the challenges that show up along the way. To have others acknowledge you—and to give yourself credit, as well—is deeply satisfying. Too often, we dismiss these qualities and focus on our faults. Acknowledging your strengths has the power to call you forth to use them even more.
• Send a message to the Universe. Stopping to savor and celebrate your successes sends the message out into the Universe that you know how to appreciate this success and that you are ready for more!
• Have fun! Knowing that you get to celebrate in a fun way after your goal is achieved is a great motivator. You’ve done a fantastic job—of course you want to be rewarded with some fun and enjoyment. You deserve it!
There are countless ways to celebrate and savor your successes. Whatever brings you a sense of joyous completion is the ticket.
Over the course of this year, you have achieved tremendous things. Really big scary “oh my gosh I can’t believe I did this!” goals and small, little goals. Take a moment now to think back on your top 3 successes. What are the 3 things you have accomplished this year that you are most proud of?
So let me ask you: “In 2012 did you take the time to celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how big or small they were?”
If not, there’s still time to do so!
One of my biggest goals for 2012 was to share my message of financial empowerment and reach thousands of people though my writing + blogs. I contributed to several personal development/personal finance/entrepreneurial sites. And as of last week, I found out that I have been accepted to be guest blogger for She Takes on The World (Forbes Top 10 Entrepreneurial Sites for Women). Yeah!! And yes, I celebrated by going to a very nice restaurant with husband.
What about you? What was your biggest success story for 2012? How did you celebrate it? Please share + post your comments here.