You need to celebrate! Celebrations can have a bad connotation in business. People often don’t feel that they deserve praise for things that can be considered part of their job requirements. To truly succeed in business, you will need to shift from this mindset. The stereotype about celebrating yourself comes from a fundamental misunderstanding of what celebration truly is. To truly celebrate is to practice gratefulness. I will show you below why celebration is valuable, and tell you when you should celebrate.
If you are still having a hard time understanding the connection between celebration and gratefulness, let’s go back to the previous scenario. When you or your team experience a win, whether big or small, spending time reflecting on what went well, how it came to be and how it’s connected you to your mission is critical to maintaining the same results on your next project. Celebration is how we create the space for these kinds of reflections. As we think about our successes, we are able to give thanks to the people and processes that allowed for those positive results.
Everyone celebrates differently. For business people in leadership, this means you will need to find a way to celebrate your team in ways that make everyone comfortable. Some ideas to celebrate your staff could be team lunches or gift cards to Starbucks for individual use. For individuals, as you shift your mindset of celebration to center on the practice of gratitude, you must determine what form of celebration works best for you.
Determining When to Celebrate
Now that you know the benefits of celebration, it is time to begin the process of incorporating this practice into your business practices. The definition of success varies from person to person. One great method to determine when you deserve to celebrate success is to go back to the original meaning of the word.
“Success” is derived from the Latin word successus, which means “progress.” This means you are successful when you are making any meaningful progress in your work. You can have long or short term success, but your goals should always be to recognize the forward steps you are taking to become better at your job.
Many people believe they are too busy to celebrate every victory they have at work, but the reality is that the importance of celebration is underestimated. It will only serve to make your business better when you remember to enjoy moments of happiness when they come knocking at your door. Ask yourself, “when is the last time I celebrated myself?” No victory is too small to be grateful for.