How often do you stop to celebrate your successes? For the most part, entrepreneurs stay focused on achieving goals but as soon as they reach them, they move straight onto the next plan with little or no time to stop and savor special moments.
We are somehow conditioned to be “destination seekers,” defining success in terms of tangibles that will be acquired sometime in the future. We believe that when that which we strive for is accomplished, we will have arrived at the destination called success.
Someone once said “Life is what happens to you while you’re making plans to do something else.”
This is the ideal time of the year where you need to think back to where you started and how far you have come in the past (12) twelve months both personally and professionally to remind yourself of the progress you have made. Celebrating milestones is just as important as setting goals because you get motivated and energized by every milestone you reach irrespective of its magnitude.
So, as you set big, medium and long term goals, remember to set small ones as well as each little milestone represents something much bigger. As you increase your income levels, product sales or sign one more client, your confidence as an entrepreneur increases. Recounting events gives you clarity on how you achieved your success and this clarity allows you to duplicate the success.
Most importantly, when you encounter challenges you are able to put them into perspective because you have developed a knowledge base, a skill set and self confidence that enables you to move through obstacles to success because you’ve done it before. Imagine if, in climbing a mountain you keep your eyes on each stony or difficult area to navigate; focusing only on these challenges as you ascend, will make your climb profitless and exhausting. But if you think of every step as leading to the summit of achievement, you are able to enjoy the beauty of the view and flowers before you, your climb will be very different. Business is the same; it’s not just about the destination –learn to enjoy the journey.
While it is important to plan and strive for the future, an excessive future orientation prevents you from enjoying moments in the here and now. So, don’t wait until you reach some extraordinary results or ideals before you stop to acknowledge and celebrate your milestones. Whenever you reach one of those benchmarks, stop for a while to enjoy that fact by doing something special for yourself and your team.
Remember, recognizing and celebrating small successes breeds more success.