The flu recently hit our house.
My two girls were sick, and I thought I’d avoided it, but no. Not so much.
Once I was on the mend, I took my first shower in a few days. You know how exhausting the first shower after days in bed is when you’re sick, right?! Stepping out of shower, I realized what a feat it was...I felt like I deserve an award.
My business coach and I work in an online platform called Basecamp where there is literally an “applause” button to acknowledge the work of others on your team. It even makes a little bell sound when you click it.
I’ve never given that button much thought until I was stepping out of the shower, exhausted, and I said to myself, “There needs to be an applause button for this! And for everything we do!”
It made me think about how much trouble I have recognizing the things I do...even the little things.
Days can go by and I feel like I haven’t done much, but if I hit the applause button every time I accomplished something I’d be hearing that little bell all day long.
So often we don’t slow down enough to recognize how much we accomplish in a day, in a week, or in a year because we’re not keeping track.
We finish one thing and we’re on to the next task without much thought.
When I’m working with my clients on goal setting and follow through, one of the things I ask them to do is to know how they’re going to celebrate having completed the action items that are part of their goal and how are they going to celebrate the big goal when it’s accomplished.
It’s almost always something they struggle with answering.
Many of us have no idea how to celebrate and acknowledge our own efforts.
I don’t think it enters our mind, and if it does, it’s easy for us to say we don’t have time for that kind of thing.
Culturally, I’ve noticed that we tend to save celebrating for the BIG things.
Birthdays. Promotions. Anniversaries. A new home. Holidays, etc.
We don’t give much acknowledgement to the little “have tos” we spend our days doing like folding that load of laundry instead of leaving it in the dryer. Like stopping to get gas even though it’s raining. Like feeding the dogs, the kids, and dealing with the cat litter. We just do it without thinking because it has to be done.
But you know what?
Celebrating is important because it recognizes our efforts.
It puts us in a positive, successful mindset. That positive mindset keeps you focused on what you’ve done, not all that you still have to do, which leads to more success in accomplishing not just all the little to dos, but the big goals, too.
And when you take the time to give yourself a little applause, it keeps you motivated.
Positivity is totally connected to motivation.
And you know what else? Celebrating is happy, and who doesn’t need or want more happy?!
Part of living your legacy NOW and making your life full is celebrating every day! It’s not waiting for a big occasion. Today I’m encouraging you to think about all the small ways you can celebrate or give yourself applause, even for the little things you do.
Like I said before, a lot of us have a hard time knowing HOW to celebrate and acknowledge ourselves.
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