Taking time to celebrate allows us to reflect and be grateful for what we have accomplished, and for everyone and everything that has helped us along the way.
As we enter the festive time of year, dark nights are made brighter by the myriad colourful lights that adorn the streets, businesses and homes in our neighbourhoods. Meanwhile, our inboxes are also quickly filling up with a multitude of invitations to year-end parties and holiday celebrations. Some people grumble at all this frivolity and see it as an unwelcome distraction, while others revel in these moments of holiday cheer.
Does celebration get in the way of success?
Absolutely not. In fact, celebrating is good for people and good for business.
Celebrations are expressions of gratitude.
They honour the relationships of those who are part of our journey. Also, by acknowledging all that has gone into getting us to this point, we are better equipped to look forward - to know where we want to go and what we need to do to get there.
According to Harvard's Dr. John Kotter and his 8-Step Process for Leading Change, it is of paramount importance to 'consolidate gains while implementing more change.’ Celebrations are an expression of 'consolidating gains' and they provide the momentum needed to keep pushing a business to greater success.
Celebration is a powerful motivator.
It is important to acknowledge and celebrate business milestones both within the business itself but also with the people who are in our broader circle of connections in the community. Expressing gratitude and acknowledging the contributions others have made to your success has a boomerang effect; it strengthens commitment, builds trust and inspires everyone to aim higher.
Further, in our daily routines, we are often so busy that we can’t see the forest for the trees. It is only by taking the time to reflect on past successes, that we raise our heads above the treetops and truly see 'the forest' for what it is. This broader awareness brings greater clarity to our overall vision for our business and helps guide us towards a successful future.
“Celebration is the catalyst between results and renewed belief.
Recognizing hard work and achievement ensures people believe their
efforts are worthwhile, and spurs the cycle of success to continue.”
~ David Beharall
So, what are you celebrating today?
Don’t underestimate the impact of taking just a few moments out of your routine to celebrate and express gratitude for the hard work and accomplishments of those around you. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to celebrate your own successes. As Walt Whitman wrote in Song of Myself, 'I celebrate myself and sing myself!'
Life is a journey along a path littered with opportunities for celebration. Seize those opportunities where you can throughout the year, and particularly during the coming holiday season.
To your Success, Differently,
- Brian & Michèle