Your efforts and outcomes deserve to be noticed.
Life needs more celebrations, more opportunities to recognize our hard work and our successes, alone and with others. Celebration is so healthy for us, especially during hard seasons in life!
Celebrate even in hard times
2020 has been a hard year for many of us. We’ve had the global COVID-19 pandemic, civic unrest and riots in many major cities, outrageous wildfires and high levels of unemployment and financial struggle for so many people.
In the midst of all this, I know there has still been good things going on. People are changing, gaining insight, accomplishing goals, setting new habits and doing what they can to live their best life! Certainly 2020 has not turned out the way anyone envisioned back in January, nonetheless there have been positives for many of us.
Two recently accomplished goals
One of my big goals for 2020 was to pass the National Counselor Exam and finish up the supervision hours needed to apply for my license as a Mental Health Counselor. As of July, I had met all these requirements and by the end of September my application was approved by the Washington state licensing department. Hallelujah!!!! In addition to being a credential life coach I am now a licensed mental health counselor.
A second big goal of mine for 2020 was to engage in a mentor coaching program so I could renew my coaching credential with the International Coach Federation (ICF). I continued to work full time during the pandemic, but due to social events at a standstill this summer I had the extra time needed to advance my coaching skills through my selected mentoring program. I’ll soon be applying to renew my coaching credential through ICF and that feels so good!
So now it is time to CELEBRATE!!!
Let’s celebrate together! What are ready to celebrate? Successes can come from any area of your life. They might include:
- Resolutions you may have set last new year’s
- Specific goals you set for yourself
- Work/school projects
- Athletic/physical feats
- Stopping/minimizing a bad habit
- Increasing self-control over a really strong desire
- Crossing something off your bucket list
- Handling a surprise situation or crises moment well (or well enough)
Need some help identifying goals? This resource on goal setting will help!
Below is a list of some of my favorite ways to recognize a job well done, divided into categories for simplicity.
Move your Body
- Enjoy a soothing time of yoga or tai chi
- Turn on some of your favorite music and let it move you
- Pamper your body somehow (massage, nails, haircut, nap, etc.)
- Go for a walk in a beautiful place
- Take a road trip (day trip or overnight)
Make it Social
- Host a game night (in person or virtual)
- Organize an online party (using a tool like zoom, google meet, or facetime)
- Call a friend who helped you get to your goal
- Share a meal with friends and/or family
- Provide encouragement to someone else chasing a similar dream
Party for One
- Journal about how it feels to have accomplished this and what you did to aid your success
- Decorate your space with streamers, balloons or flowers
- Create or draw a certificate for yourself
- Pat yourself on the back, literally
- Build a gratitude chain
Engage Your Spirit
- Watch a funny or uplifting movie
- Write a poem about your journey towards success
- Meditate quietly and savor your satisfaction in a job well done
- Sing a song of praise or celebration
- Pray for others you interacted with during your journey towards success
Fun with Food
- Make your favorite meal and appreciate its goodness as you eat
- Picnic at the park, alone or with others
- Pop open your favorite beverage and enjoy
- Bake something you save for special occasions
- Volunteer at/donate to a food shelter or soup kitchen
There’s no need to limit yourself to just one form or act of celebration. Many of these go together nicely or can be fun to do sequentially. Let yourself have fun and don’t be in a hurry! Don’t be afraid to celebrate. You’ve worked hard. Take some time to relish the experience and feel good for what you’ve done. You are worth it!
Originally posted for JLJ Coaching Services by Jessica Johnson in October, 2020. Permission to repost must be requested.