The super-warm (mid 70s) temperature the other day called me out for a little fresh air and sunshine. I left early for an appointment — anticipating a delay due to the bridge construction in Jim Thorpe — and was gifted with a little free time instead of traffic.
Like we do at the church right before Christmastime, nature has begun to green its canvas. The grass, creek plants and bushes celebrate survival of another winter by exchanging their wintertime browns for vibrant springtime greens. What a gorgeous expression of success!!
How do you define success? One definition is the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. For nature, renewal after a cold winter is a success. For some people, getting out of bed in the morning is success. Define what success means to you.
Do you celebrate your successes? If so, how?
I’d like to challenge everyone reading these words to celebrate your successes on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. The exercise: At the end of each day, write down three accomplishments, on paper or electronically. At the end of each week, review your 21 accomplishments and write down your top three accomplishments. At the end of the month, select the top three accomplishments for the month and plan a big celebration by treating yourself to something you love.
Your successes can be big or small (i.e., losing 5 pounds, not eating sweets today, spent time with kids, did 10 crunches or finished a project I’ve been procrastinating on for a long time, etc., etc.). For some (like me!), it could be cleaning the clutter from the desk; for others, it could be learning a new word. The possibilities are endless.
Today I’ve written my blog entry early, vacuumed my carpet and made a dent on a work project that’s been a challenge for me (causing me to procrastinate doing it). How will I celebrate? I’m not waiting until the end of the month. I’m feeling good about what I’ve accomplished today. I’m going to celebrate by taking a few minutes to walk out in the yard and absorb the sweet smell of fresh air today. Anyone have any suggestions on how to celebrate at the end of the week? The month?
Please share what your successes are over the next week and how you celebrate those successes.