Sometimes it is important to stop. You need to take a moment and celebrate your achievements —and not just the big ones. You may not think it’s an extraordinary accomplishment, but the small things matter, too. Anything you have done to make a difference in your own life—or someone else’s—is worth celebrating.
Not long ago, I was invited to speak at a conference that included a large room full of HR people, senior executives, many strong and intelligent men and women. I was given 10 minutes, I was nervous, and I was definitely outside my comfort zone.
When it was my turn to stand up and speak, I spoke honestly about my very personal experiences. I was certainly vulnerable in those 10 minutes and I trembled the whole time.
And guess what? I rocked it! Immediately afterwards, as I walked home to my subway stop, I knew that I had been both powerful and vulnerable. I knew that I had given an effective presentation.
Yet, within minutes of that initial euphoria, self-doubt set in. I started to question whether it really had been that great. I didn’t make a difference after all. Maybe those 10 minutes won’t really affect anyone and I probably won’t see any new business come my way. I should have approached it all differently.
Then, I STOPPED.
I shut down the saboteurs in my head and forced myself to return to the positive feelings and celebrate what I had just done. I had stepped out of my comfort zone, and had literally stepped up and delivered. This was the time to be proud, not the time to beat myself up. Soon, the feeling of accomplishment returned as I walked home. I felt the sun on my face, and enjoyed every step I took.
It is so easy to brush away our accomplishments—especially the small ones. If we move our focus too quickly to what comes next, we lose sight of the present moment and what was good. We diminish our successes.
It’s important to give yourself permission to feel proud and experience joy.
In your own busy life, I encourage you to STOP, take a breath and enjoy the moment. Think back to your accomplishments in the past few days or weeks. Maybe you faced a fear, took action, or started a new habit? Whatever it was, relish it for a moment. Be proud of yourself. Celebrate your achievements! Use this positive moment as a starting point to encourage more positive energy to come your way.