celebrate everythingMy daughter truly fascinates me.  Over the last few days I have been watching her and learning a lot.  It’s amazing what you can learn from a  one-year-old.

She celebrates everything.  When she throws something away she smiles, when she finishes her food she claps and even when she managed to put a cookie in the XBox, she did a little dance.   She celebrates every accomplishment whether it’s big or small, and why shouldn’t she?  Why shouldn’t we?

How often do you take the time to celebrate your accomplishments?  When is the last time you gave yourself a pat on the back for finishing a task?  When is the last time you finished dinner or a load of laundry and applauded yourself?  I thought about this and couldn’t remember the last time I had.  So I started. 

It started with cleaning the kitchen.  As crazy as it may sound, when I finished I stood and smiled after observing how nice everything looked.  I cooked dinner, tasted my creation, and applauded myself.  Later, after my day was done and I put my daughter to bed, I did a little dance.  I have to say, I felt like a kid again and it felt nice.

Often, we associate celebrating an event with food or drinks.  These ways of celebrating are fine if done in moderation.  Here are some other ways to celebrate your accomplishments whether they are big or small.

  • Take a day off – If possible take the day off and reward yourself by doing no (or very minimal) work.  Do only the things you truly enjoy.
  • Give yourself some downtime – If you’re not able to take the day off, honor yourself with a break.  Whether it’s five minutes or half the day, take a break.  You can do something as small as taking a deep breath or going for a short walk, just enjoy some downtime.
  • Do something you enjoy, but rarely have time to do – Enjoy reading or watching a movie?  Plan to give yourself time to do whatever it is you enjoy.
  • Write and post your success – Grab a post-it note and write your accomplishment down where you can see it.  It’s sure to bring positive feelings and a smile.
  •  Do a little dance – Who cares if you can’t dance?  Get up and do a little happy dance!  It’s free and you’ll get some extra energy as a result.

Watching my daughter celebrate all of her accomplishments encouraged me to celebrate mine – both big and small.   I challenge you to celebrate yours.  Why wait for a “congratulations” or “good job” from someone else when we can celebrate on our own?

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