Success is a wonderful thing. It is great to accomplish your goals and move forward to the next challenge. At the same time I think I’m just as guilty as everyone else of not remembering to take the time to actually celebrate what I accomplish a lot of the time. I’m so busy moving along to the next item that I don’t acknowledge what I’ve done.
For example, I recently published my book Free at 45, but failed to acknowledge the fact that was one of my goals for the year. I got so busy mailing out review copies, pre-orders and following up on sales leads that I complete forgot to take the time to go say to myself: Ya!
Another success I didn’t even realize until recently was the fact I’ve paid off over half my original mortgage on this house. That is over $75,000 in debt paid off. That is a fairly big deal, but I again didn’t celebrate in any way at all.
So what gives? Why don’t we celebrate our success more often? To some degree I believe that is driven by my frugal nature, I don’t want to celebrate every little thing otherwise it will become a meaningless gesture. At the same time I don’t think avoiding all celebrations is healthy either since you can get discouraged and sucked down into worrying about the next thing so much that you don’t stop and enjoy life.
In the end, I’m breaking open a special bottle of wine this weekend and celebrating my recent successes. So what success have you accomplished lately? Did you remember to celebrate it?