Whether it’s a big win or a small one, it’s important to celebrate your accomplishments. In our fast paced lives, we often race from one thing to next without much thought. Accomplishments are shrugged off like it’s no big deal and our focus goes to the next goal.
While, there is nothing wrong being ambitious and goal driven, it is beneficial to slow down and pause when a goal has been accomplished. There’s beauty in pausing and reflecting on what you have just achieved. Whether it’s winning a competition, landing your dream job or reaching a milestone in your personal life, stop and savour the moment. Notice how you feel – are you happy, content or at peace? Revel in the emotions and the moment to solidify the memory and realise that you are making progress.
These feel good moments can help you when you’re feeling stuck or unsure of your next move. There are guided meditations that ask you to think of a time when you felt elated or joyful and if you reflect on how you felt when you achieved something, it can lift your mood.
Celebrating your accomplishment shouldn’t be a source of guilt. You’re allowed to be proud of what you have accomplished. Most goals aren’t easy to achieve and they require an investment of your time, energy and money. There are obstacles, times when you need to fight off feelings of self-doubt or fear and more. Many journeys to achieving goals in particular larger ones require sacrifices, grit and resilience.
So far, this article has talked about why we should celebrate rather than how it correlates to increased motivation levels.
When we give ourselves space to celebrate, it can increase our motivation. We are able to reflect on what it took to get to this point. It’s like standing at the top of a mountain and admiring the view – knowing that it was you who made it to the top.
Reason One: Achieving Leads To More Achieving.
When we are motivated, focused and can see the result of our actions (that is, what we have accomplished), we are more likely to keep going. Just as failure (perceived or real) can make us feel like we aren’t successful and may reduce motivation, achieving a goal does the opposite.
Think of a time when you were excelling (whether it be at a sporting event or just feeling like you were on a roll with win after win), chances are you were highly motivated. You felt compelled to keep going because your endorphins were elevated and you knew what you were capable of. There’s a special kind of rush and excitement that is felt when you get to see what you’re capable of.
Reason Two: We Get To Reflect On The Journey.
Reflecting on what you have accomplished allows you to look at the whole situation. When we are in the midst of working towards an outcome, we sometimes get tunnel vision. We focus on each step and don’t look back at the starting point. Once the goal has been achieved, we have the ability to look back on all the steps it took to get to there. It’s a pretty special moment when you get to do this. You get to celebrate the accomplishment but also acknowledge what it took to get there. It’s a growing experience. You learn more of what you’re capable of and you know that if you have a goal, you can achieve it. Self-confidence is built thus increasing motivation.
So when you’ve achieved your next goal, take a moment to celebrate.