4 Smart Ways to Celebrate Your Goals This Year

Many of us celebrated at the holidays and rang in the New Year as best as possible — but many of us probably did it alone or with only a few others around us. A lot of Americans have had to pass the holidays far from their families, or while dealing with loss. The pandemic upended our celebrations.

But this year we are likely to see the widespread distribution and acceptance of new Covid-19 vaccines, which will allow many of us to celebrate life’s special days without risk to our health.

The big idea here is that you can learn to celebrate every little goal, not just big ones, since celebrating wins move you forward to the big goal with more energy and joy.

I’m going to share a story about feeling I was too short to play my favorite sport of basketball, and dealing with the Chinese herbal medicines I took to grow taller. And then realizing that I was looking for success in the wrong direction.

Then I’m going to offer you several suggestions that great leaders do to celebrate their goals, and how to create massive action by staying in the present.

When I was young my parents worried that I was too short. They felt I was among the shortest in my class. They introduced me to an awful Chinese herbal medicine, whose translated Chinese name meant Grow Tall medicine. I loathed it. The thing was, I also wanted to grow so I could play basketball, which I loved.

I couldn’t stand the stuff they gave me. I kept throwing it up. But I believed I had to keep it down in order to grow as I had wanted. We found a way for me to keep the medicine down — I drank it after drinking sweet tea. It worked.

4 Smart Ways to Celebrate Your Goals This Year

But then it all became irrelevant. Between the 7th and 8th grades, I had a growth sport, and entered high school a much leaner and taller boy — and I made the basketball team.

I wanted to grow — but I realized I couldn’t change nature. I had to deal with how nature changed me. I began to celebrate myself for what came naturally.

Here are some suggestions for celebrating your goals.

1.Appreciation is Key. Appreciation can sometimes be played down in life and we tend to forget to appreciate what we’ve done and what we have. Appreciating our small wins and the small steps we take can be the difference between failing and succeeding. Lack of appreciation and gratefulness can lead us down the slippery slope of not being able to see the importance of our small successes. Celebrating the small stuff is us acknowledging that we are well on our way to achievement – in fact we are achieving all the time and it’s a myth that we are only successful once we’ve reached that elusive goal.

2. Creating Successful Habits. Successful habits equal success. We all know creating and changing habits can be hard as our minds find it difficult to adapt to new routines but acknowledging and celebrating the small wins are how you help yourself establish the habits you need and to keep you going. Our brains need reinforcement so allowing yourself to be rewarded will develop an addiction to progress that will cause your brain to want to carry on to the next steps.

3. Acknowledge the Importance of the Present Moment. So what is the secret to a successful habit? It’s all about understanding the importance of the present moment. We tend to take the present moment for granted – it seems insignificant and we believe the little things we do in the moment aren’t changing us. You must invest in the small things over a long period of time and understand that you only have the moment you are in and although these moments seem insignificant when determining whether you succeed or fail at something, it is the combination of moments over time that achieve the big things.

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