Are you missing this key step in reaching your goals? Guest contributor Pam Howard is here today to reveal a powerful process that will help take you to your next level.
How does it feel when you cross something off your list? When you have accomplished something you set out to do? It’s pretty great, right?
I know I get a little rush – a mix of relief and excitement, but it only lasts for a second – just until I see the next item on my “to-do” list. After all, there is ALWAYS something that needs done.
Do you want to make that feeling of accomplishment last a little longer? Increase your motivation and improve your happiness set point?
The secret to riding that rush of accomplishment and moving yourself forward towards your long term goals is…
Don’t just cross off that “to-do”, celebrate it!
Celebrating your success is a key step towards reaching your goals. And sadly, it’s a step most of us forget.
Here’s How To Get Started…
1. Spend fifteen minutes thinking about what feels good to you.
Do you like acknowledgement from others? Does a break from your normal routine feel refreshing and enjoyable?
Create a list with three or four ways to celebrate – the ways that feel good to YOU.
Maybe it’s a call to a friend, a Facebook post sharing your success or a short walk in the sunshine. Next time you accomplish something (even something small), treat yourself with something from your list. The simple step of stopping and acknowledging your success will boost your mood and spur you on to future wins.
2. Create a weekly ritual.
It’s great to have mini-celebrations daily, but it’s really powerful to pause at the end of the week and look back at everything you’ve done. Taking stock of your successes weekly helps you see the big picture – and helps you realize you are more successful and accomplishing much more than you think.
I’d suggest blocking out half an hour on Friday afternoon or Sunday evening and reviewing your week. Congratulate yourself for all your hard work – and write it down in a gratitude journal or even on a page in your planner labeled “Successes.”
What a terrific way to end one week and begin the next.
I challenge you to give these two easy steps a shot for the next month, then come back to this article and leave a comment with your experience.
Did you accomplish more than normal (your mini-successes snowballing into more and more accomplishments)? Did you feel happier doing it?
If you are faithful in celebrating your success, you’ll find yourself more confident and moving rapidly towards your long-term goals.
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Written by: Pam Howard, she is a Certified Health & Lifestyle Coach specializing in helping busy moms create a happier, healthier life. Reach her at http://www.behealthybehappywellness.com