Updated: Feb 17
Have you been working really hard to achieve your goals? Has your effort finally started to pay off? One way of motivating yourself to keep working hard is to celebrate your wins. But first, set long term and short term goals. For instance, if you want to cut 100 pounds, you can give yourself a year to reach your optimal weight. But you don’t have to wait until you lose the entire weight to celebrate your achievement. Set smaller targets, such as losing 10 pounds in a month. And when you make it, pause and celebrate.
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In my case, my goals are simple... to make it through my cancer treatments, live as healthy as possible and keep making inspiring content to share to the world. And I'm guilty to admit that sometimes, I anticipate the big wins so much that I fail to recognize the little victories I have day by day such as finishing editing one section of my book. Or eating more greens and fruits than usual. I forget that in these baby achievements, I deserve to reward myself even in simple ways such as enjoying a long, hot shower or indulging in a nice bowl of ramen.
I know that it’s difficult for many people to celebrate their wins with a gift. But once they achieve their goals, they move on to a more challenging target. But when you learn to celebrate yourself, you become your number one fan. Celebrating yourself also helps you keep a healthy life balance.
How Do You Celebrate Yourself?
Suppose you’ve achieved a significant milestone, you’ve finally managed to get your body back in shape and have a regular exercise plan you religiously follow. In that case, it’s time to celebrate the win! Buy yourself a precious simple gift or go out and celebrate! Check the James Allen Review if you are crazy about diamonds or take yourself on a more than deserved vacation. (Exhibit A: I travelled to New York by myself when I found out my health is doing okay and my scans are stable! Woot woot!) Remember this is your win so personalize the celebration. Be a little bit selfish and think of what will make you happy even when others (family members and friends) don’t fit in.
Relaxing your schedule gives you time to energize and refocus. It’s easy to lose your identity as your life gets consumed with the need to achieve your goals. For instance, if you follow a strict diet and work out plan, loosen a bit over the weekends and indulge in a few delicacies you love. It’s also a way of celebrating yourself for faithfully working on your goals the past week but don’t overdo it. You still want to maintain your achievements, of course.
If you're working hard in your job to achieve your target, give yourself a day every week to relax, spend time with the family and reflect on the week’s achievements. You will have more energy to focus on setting new and better goals when you resume. Taking breaks prevents burnout which in the end, aids you in achieving your goals faster and more efficient.
Journal Your Achievements!
You’ll want to remind yourself how the journey started... how far you’ve come and the challenges you’ve overcome. This is exactly why I share my life journey on social media! Sometimes you get consumed by the present difficult moments. But when you look back at your journal, you’ll realize you’ve made progress. A journal also helps you remain grateful and hopeful when you struggle to get out of a plateau. Write down every day’s journey including achievements, challenges and what you think was unique about it.
Don’t be shy of your achievements, flaunt them for the world to see. When you lost a few pounds, get yourself a new outfit! When you get a promotion, share a good meal with your family and friends! When scans show favorable results, get your hair or nails done! When you finish learning a new course, enjoy a glass of quality wine! When you've accomplished a project that you've been working on, get up and dance!
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As you celebrate your wins, grand or little, you motivate yourself to achieve much much more and inspire others to do the same.