30 Days In. Time to Celebrate?

We’ve made it through one-twelfth of the year! A month has filtered away from our new year, and here’s what I’ve noticed:

·         The NY-Resolutionists are getting discouraged because the weight isn’t falling off anymore;

·         The gym memberships have been heavy, only to begin a slum in the coming weeks;

·         Guys are mildly freakin’ out about Valentine’s Day;

·         It’s cold as ever in the northeast;

·         And I don’t know how to celebrate!

Let me explain.

I recently accomplished a milestone project! It came at the end of the year last year. I literally mean the end of the year . . . the last 2 weeks of 2014. A client called with an urgent request, had the funds, paid on time, and I knocked it out of the park.

As a result, I was able to reinvest in a different, smarter way for my business. But here’s the deal, I’m not sure how to celebrate after that. I accomplished a goal, reached another milestone, and I sat at my desk wondering, Now what? What do I do to reward myself?

Have you ever been in this strange, awkward, confusingly frustrating place?

The “old you” wants to buy all-new everything, but that never works long-term. A nice dinner with friends doesn’t do your milestone any justice either?

In researching, there seems to be only a few elaborate resources on the topic of celebrating successes, specifically for leaders:

Ø  Kevin Daum (@kevindaum) contributed a great article on inc.com on WHY to celebrate. Here’s the link.

Ø  Alyssa Gregory, Small Business Bonfire, put together an article on HOW celebrate an accomplishment also, citing “Keep in mind that in order to get the most out of your celebration, you should do it immediately after reaching your accomplishment and before moving on to your next goal.

But I’m slightly disappointed that there aren’t more resources for ways to celebrate accomplishments. Well, not really. Being that the highest reason for dissatisfied employees is appreciation for a job well done. So what does Chris do when he can’t find enough information? He creates it. I present to you,

10.5 Techniques to Celebrate

Business & Personal Wins

1.       Favorite restaurant, favorite bubbly, favorite dessert. Go to the Cheesecake Factory, order a glass of bubbly and a slice of lemoncello and toast to yourself! This is just a personal favorite. I can only eat half of it, but it’s worth it. Plus, I’m trimming down, so this one I do sparingly.

2.       Make a significant purchase. There’s a watch I’ve been waiting to purchase- not anymore.

3.       Massage anyone? I’ve realized this has become a more integral part of my creativity regiment. I’m a big guy, but I’m not too big to allow massage to rejuvenate my senses. It’s important, leaders!

4.       Thank the people who helped. Gratitude is so fulfilling. It multiplies the impact of success.

5.       Allow yourself to be celebrated. Am I the only one who struggles with this? Maybe it’s because I’s a guy, the oldest sibling, a father, and generally am the last to be celebrated? Maybe it’s all in my mind. But be sure to accept the praise, just for a moment.

6.       Upgrade your life. Do something to upgrade your life. You’re at a new level, and act like it. Cufflinks, socks, a blouse, shoes, stationary, a desk, or a nice pen can help. This doesn’t have to be large investment.

7.       Go somewhere new and do something awesome. Tony Robbins in Chicago? A road trip to a B&B in the city 60 miles form you?

8.       Get rid of something old. There’s something from your past you’ve been holding on to; you haven’t used it in 9 months. You saved it for a reason, and can’t remember why. Get rid of it.

9.       Get social with it. IF you’re comfy, and want to hashtag “humblebrag”, share your successes with your online community. Then ask your followers how can you make it even more impactful. Leaders feel squeamish about celebrating personal accomplishments for fear of sounding braggadocios. However, you’d be amazed by how others can help you explode your success even more.

10.   Chart & Share Your Process through Content Creation.Someone, somewhere wants to know what you did and how you did it! Tell them, show them. With the apps at our fingertips and technology at our thumbtips, we can create content at warp speeds. Show people the process in new ways, like blogs, mindmaps, infographics, videos and more.

10.5. Turn a small profit. Today, content is the new currency. Want a legit part-time job that allows you freedom, flexibility and monetization? Sound too good to be true? It’s not. It’s called the internet. Now sell your stuff.