I’m not sure about this title because I wanted to keep it to one word but Winning just reminds me of Charlie Sheen in meltdown mode! But here we are anyway, winning in the world. I’ve now added the Celebration bit, which is probably more appropriate, but I’ve grown attached to Winning so I don’t want to get rid of it!
This blog has been prompted by my business coach, Sophie, who reminded me that even though life is SO busy right now and it doesn’t feel like I’ve made much progress, actually I have. And it’s important to celebrate your success (yay, go me!).
If you keep going without any clarity on what you have achieved, then when do you get any perspective? How do you know when you’re doing a good job? How do you know what to do next time things are feeling a bit tough?
We’re so good at criticising ourselves, that looking at what we’ve done well doesn’t come as naturally. But looking at what we’ve done well and what we’ve achieved so far can be really helpful to get some perspective when it feels like all you are doing is slogging away and don’t actually have much to show for it.
I’ve spoken before about the training I’m doing for my 500 mile walk and I was trying to measure my achievements by weight loss mainly, as well as how I felt during the walking. What I forgot was that my training has been increasing most weeks so it still feels a little hard because I’m going further. I’m also not taking into consideration things like recovery time, how much my legs ache, how quickly I’m going in comparison to when I first started. And weight loss was probably not the best indication because the walking alone makes me want to eat my fridge along with the contents of it!
What I can say though is that looking back to January, I’m walking much further, my legs feel much stronger, my recovery time is much better and I feel more energised.
For my coaching business, it’s going more slowly than I had anticipated but I can see what’s become part of my working week and I feel more confident charging people for the work I do. I also find solutions more easily and I absolutely cannot wait to make this my full time job! It’s difficult when things feel like they aren’t where you’d like them to be but I’m really pleased with what I’ve achieved so far.
Even better than this, when I look back throughout my life and look for what I’ve done, there are some great achievements. Maybe not everything I wanted to do but that’s not always the way things work. And what I want has changed so much from when I was younger.
Try to celebrate something every day if you can 😊