‘If we took a holiday
Took some time to celebrate
Just one day out of life
It would be, it would be so nice’
It’s not often I quote Madonna but this song has been buzzing around in my brain for days now. Why? Well, several of my friends, colleagues and clients have great reasons to celebrate – a well-deserved promotion, achieving major goals, a beautiful baby girl, starting an amazing new job, amongst other things. Celebrations are called for in such circumstances, I’m sure you’d agree.
However, I don’t believe that we should reserve celebrations only for this kind of occasion. As a coach, I help my clients define for themselves what success means and then notice it when they achieve it. Why? Tom Peters, business and leadership guru, says this –
‘Celebrate what you want to see more of.’
Maybe you’re working towards being a confident presenter in front of external clients. If a low key presentation in front of your peers goes well, let’s celebrate it. As we do so, you’ll recognise the progress you’ve made so far and be spurred on to the next step.
Perhaps your goal doesn’t seem worth celebrating because it’s not significant to others. That doesn’t matter – if it’s significant to you that you saved £15 this week by making your lunch rather than buying sandwiches, thus adding to your dream holiday savings stash, then that’s worthy of celebration. Next time, you’re tempted to pop to Pret at lunchtime instead, the memory of that celebration could be enough to curb the temptation.
What if you feel like there’s nothing to celebrate because it didn’t actually work out the way you wanted? Okay, let’s take a look at what went wrong and why, get you back on track and celebrate that you have the courage and determination to follow through.
About halfway through a coaching programme, I ask my clients the following –
- What are you most proud of so far?
- Which of your achievements has surprised you most?
- What small steps have you taken that we can celebrate?
- What hasn’t gone so well? What did you learn?
- How will you celebrate your success so far?
Let’s take that last one as today’s pebble:
Taking one of your current goals as an example, how will you celebrate your success so far?
I’d love to hear from you – maybe we can have a virtual celebration!
Turning over pebbles is the blog of Thinking Space Coaching.
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