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How to Celebrate More of Life’s Victories, Big and Small



“If I stay healthy, I have a chance to collect three thousand hits and one thousand errors.” – George Brett, Kansas City Royals

I’m not sure if you’re a baseball fan, but in case you didn’t know, the MLB playoffs are taking place right now.

Even more important is that it has been a very historic year for my home town Kansas City Royals!

This is their first appearance in the playoffs in 29 years! (I was literally 1 year old the last time they advanced so wasn’t able to bask in the glory back in 1985.)

The Royals haven’t given people much to celebrate in the past few decades, but this year the team and fans are making the most of it!

The point of this post isn’t really about the Royals though, but is instead about how important it is to celebrate victories and not take them for granted.

This doesn’t have to be the up all night, champagne popping type of celebration the Royals and KC fans have been partaking in.

We can also learn to celebrate are daily victories. All of the little experiences we have or thing we do that we usually take for granted.

When it comes to being at your best it is crucial to give yourself praise and reward for the success you have, big and small.

So here are a few ways to celebrate in your life more often. Hey why not, it’s fun!

Remember past victories and success

We all have ups and downs through life, but no matter how many down moments you’ve experienced there have still been many successes along the way. Look back over all the triumphs and victories you have experienced. Have you really celebrated and given yourself due credit?

Take a moment to list your greatest achievements and happy memories. Now go out there and have a celebration to remind yourself of where you have been and where you’re headed!

Make a list of what you appreciate about your day

Every day will provide us with many opportunities to be grateful. As you go through your day, take note of the things you enjoy and appreciate.

As you come to the end of your day, sit down and make a list of what you are grateful for. This may be a great conversation you had, an experience you enjoyed, an opportunity you encountered, or simply some delicious food you ate.

Give yourself a chance to cultivate gratitude and celebrate the little things you usually take for granted.

Focus on what went right, not just what went wrong

I know that some days will be easier to celebrate than others, but that doesn’t mean you are off the hook with celebrating! As long as you did your best you can celebrate a day well lived.

Even with the mistakes you made and misfortune you received you can be proud that you didn’t give up. Focus on what you can learn and how you can get better. Never give up and always do your best! What seems like a loss may end up as a victory!

The Royal’s season hasn’t been without mistakes, mishaps, and disappointment. But in the end there has been a lot more to celebrate than criticize!

Good luck Royals! Let’s keep celebrating!

How to Celebrate More of Life’s Victories, Big and Small

Joe Wilner

Joe Wilner is a life coach, licensed clinical psychotherapist (LCP), and drummer from the band Yes You Are. He is also creator of You Have a Calling, a blog and online community helping people discover and pursue their life’s work and mission. Through deep and personalized coaching, he helps ambitious, creative, and spiritually minded individuals make a greater impact, grow as leaders, and design a soulful life they are inspired by.

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Wilner, J. (2014). How to Celebrate More of Life’s Victories, Big and Small. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 14, 2020, from


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