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Celebrate Your Way to Success (part 2)

In my last post, I talked about the importance of celebration–and how crucial it is to success. If you’re wondering what or how to celebrate, here are some thoughts!

What to celebrate

You can celebrate anything that feels like an accomplishment, brings you joy, or gives you satisfaction. Nothing is too small! In fact, one of the keys to success, fulfillment, and joy is to acknowledge yourself—not just for the huge successes but for the small, everyday victories.


Here’s what you could celebrate:

  • Sending an e-mail you were avoiding
  • Writing a page of your novel
  • Connecting authentically with a new acquaintance
  • Approaching someone about your documentary
  • Helping your baby sleep through the night
  • Hitting your monthly sales target
  • Sorting through the pile in the corner of your room
  • Nailing the presentation to the big shot investor
  • Signing on a new client
  • Getting a favorable mention in the press
  • Reupholstering an old piece of furniture
  • Receiving a compliment from someone you respect


How to celebrate (in ways big and small)

  • Sit quietly and let yourself feel the joy of what you’ve accomplished
  • Send celebratory texts to people who love and support you
  • Take yourself for a refreshing walk in the middle of the day
  • Get a massage
  • Treat yourself to a class you’ve been wanting to take (yoga, kickboxing, capoeira, scuba, photography, cooking, skydiving… the possibilities are endless)
  • Invite friends over for celebratory drinks
  • Dance to a “victory song” (you know, a song that celebrates your accomplishment and awesomeness!)
  • Dance with your baby or child
  • Dance with your grandmother or grandfather
  • Dance with yourself!
  • Take yourself out to dinner
  • Treat yourself to a weekend getaway
  • Pick out a gorgeous flower. Plant it in your yard—or on a favorite windowsill
  • Write a happy letter (or e-mail) to a friend
  • Go for a celebratory bike ride
  • Look in the mirror and tell yourself how awesome you are

…you get the idea!

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