Have you heard you should celebrate yourself? Do you struggle with being your worst critic and never feeling good about your accomplishments? Do you focus on what could have been better in your work instead of the success of completion? If so, I want you to know you are not alone! Most people who do great work never acknowledge it for themselves!
It is important to celebrate YOU and the things you have accomplished. It is equally important to be still and reflect on those accomplishments. Don’t worry, I am going to show you how!
My mentors and coaches repeated the importance of self-celebration for years (and still do), yet it is sometimes hard to say, “Yay, April.” I remember when I became a Best-Selling Author, I was more focused on the next task ahead instead of basking in my moment of glory. It took others to help me realize I achieved something most people never will.
Then, it clicked!
After years of rebelling, I started to celebrate “April” and I must tell you… It was the BEST thing I could have done for my personal and professional growth.
Gratitude is my most cherished state of being. When we anchor in a place of gratitude we open the door for more blessings and opportunities to come. Think about it, if you don’t show appreciation for what you have – what makes you think you deserve (or are ready) for more?
I used to complete a project and instead of saying, “Yay, April” I would dissect every word, graphic and intricate detail to only notice what could have been better. In doing so, I was never satisfied. I never felt like I could celebrate.
Now, don’t get me wrong, we will always be our worst critic, but don’t be so hard on yourself. This means checking your ego at the door. Let’s be honest, how will beating yourself up empower you? How will it help you crush your next goal with confidence?
It won’t! This is why we must silence our ego.
When was the last time you took yourself out for dinner or a massage just to say, “Self, you did good!” More often than not, we are celebrating someone else or something like a birthday or anniversary.
I am here to tell you to go out - have fun! It is time to stop celebrating the outside world and turn inward and recognize your own awesomeness.
Here is a 3-step moment of reflection to help celebrate your win:
Reflect on how you felt before starting the project. Were you excited, annoyed, nervous or did you procrastinate?
Think of how long it took you to complete the project and how you felt when doing so. Was it easier than you expected? How did the project bless someone else?
Acknowledge and be thankful it is done! When you focus on the feeling you had before getting started and where you are now – you can’t help but get excited. You did it!
When you show gratitude for what is given to you more will come.
Remember, You Got This!
Talk to me… what was the last win you celebrated?
Cheers to Your Greatness,