A very close friend of mine was recently featured in a prominent trade magazine as an “up and comer” in their field. It was a spectacular mention and well deserved. When I called this friend to tell them congratulations, how great it was to see the news and how excited I was for them, their response was surprisingly lackluster, at best. Instead of a “I know, right? Pretty awesome!” I got, “Yeah, it was cool, but there’s a lot more work to do.”
So, it is possible to be a killjoy about your own success.
I realized that my incredibly talented friend either didn’t know how to celebrate their accomplishments and/or really didn’t think acknowledging this feet was worth celebrating. But, here’s the thing. If you ignore your achievements, you ignore yourself. Learning to reward yourself for your accomplishments is a necessary pit stop along your career path.
Achieving your goals is a big deal, whether you want to admit it or not. When that happens, I strongly suggest you do the following:
- Take a step back and acknowledge you did something great. Let yourself get excited and feel good about it. Remind yourself that you worked hard for it and you deserve a pat on the back for reaching your goal.
- Do something nice for yourself. Buy that new software, or television, or pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing lately. You wouldn’t think twice about rewarding an employee, so why think twice about rewarding yourself?
- Make a point of sharing your good news. Yes, you can tweet or Facebook to your heart’s desire, but I’m talking about calling your family and friends to share your success and celebrate it. Get a couple or a dozen of your closest loved ones and go have a tasty dinner or ride your favorite roller coaster at your local theme park. However you chose to celebrate is up to you. Just make sure you celebrate.
- Savor the moment. Make sure to take time in between you reaching a goal and you setting yourself a new one. Jumping right into your next set of goals without any type of reward therapy is a surefire way to burn out. You’ve got to take a whiff of the sweet smell of success to truly acknowledge yourself and your achievements before moving on.