It is now more than half way through the year. You have been working hard at it, putting your strategies in place, evaluating the results, tweaking here and there and getting back to the grind. But how many of you have taken the time to honour yourself for the accomplishment you have achieved to date? How many of you have been engaged in acknowledging and celebrating what you have been able to achieve thus far? As the old saying goes, you might not be where you want to be, but you most certainly are not where you used to be.
For people who are focused on growth and development, we get caught up in the striving, the struggle to accomplish the next thing. We are always concerned that if we take our eyes off the prize that we may lose momentum or start to rest on our laurels instead of keeping our head down, nose to the grindstone and shoulder to the plough. Yes, I know. That’s an awful lot of clichés, back to back there.
For most of us it is often much easier to see what is missing, what we still do not have, what we have not yet done. However, this focus on where we want to be and what we have not yet achieved can lead us to miss an important element in keeping ourselves motivated.
Human beings are motivated by goal accomplishment. In order for most people to succeed at realizing their goals they have to believe on some level that it is inherently possible for them to do what they dream. Even partial accomplishment of our goals gives us feedback that we are on the right track and helps us to keep pushing forward.
Celebrating the wins can also let you acknowledge the lessons that you learned along the way. Often, by the time that we find ourselves in a position to celebrate our wins, we have already had attempts that were not successful. What most people do is to pick themselves up and move forward, incorporating with what they have learnt the ‘hard way’.
Key points to note:
- Celebrating a goal does not mean that you stop striving to be better
- We are motivated by goal accomplishment
- Achieving milestones while pursuing our goals is often the proof of concept for our dreams even as it challenges our strategy or path for getting there.
- Learning to deal with success and achievement is just as important as learning to deal with failure.
In our journey to achieving our goals for 2018, we need to remember the importance of celebrating our milestones and the power that this has to keep or even increase our motivation to make it happen. We have to be able to lift our heads up, dance a little, laugh a little, be grateful a lot and survey the scene to see how far we have come and to get the energy to keep moving forward.
Marjorie Wharton is a trainer, facilitator and coach who works with individuals and organizations to help them improve their performance. She is based at the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business in Barbados. For more of her writing visit https://marjoriewharton.live