Importance of Celebration

If you are looking to transform your life, you know that it is not a five-day endeavor, but more likely something that will stretch over a longer period of time. It is critical that you notice and appreciate your progress regularly, lest you get discouraged. You want to stay motivated and excited about the long-term goal as you stride forward one step at a time. Celebration signals to your subconscious – and your inner critic – that you are thankful for the progress you are making toward your dream. Most importantly, it allows you to stay in the flow of joy and expansion. Look what I have accomplished!

What is meaningful celebration to you?

When I say celebrate, it can be anything that is meaningful to you. It can be something big, like taking yourself on your dream vacation. I know someone who would think about how she would celebrate a major achievement by taking herself to Europe. This keeps her motivated to get her work done. And the work ultimately puts her on her path towards her life purpose. It is a total win-win. I have another client who is the quintessential athlete. Staying fit and living a physically healthy life is vital to her. So, one of the ways she celebrates is to allow herself a whole day of exercise without interruption. While working out does not seem like much of a celebration to many – myself included – it is personally meaningful to her, and that is the only thing that matters.

If you get discouraged easily, it is that much more important for you to take the time to celebrate any progress you have made. Treat yourself to a spa day. Reward yourself with a nice new putter employing the state-of-the-art technology. Have a movie day with your favorite films with takeout food from your favorite restaurant and do nothing else. Schedule a celebration with a friend or a loved one. That would actually give you an extra incentive to make progress, as you do not want to have to cancel plans on someone else. It is a very positive way to hold yourself accountable for taking action. Besides, as social creatures, we thrive on social connections and the nurturing we get from healthy, loving and supportive relationships. When you celebrate with loved ones, not only do you get the benefit of riding on the high of accomplishing a goal, you get the double benefit of basking in the energy of those around you who feel happy for you. What is more, your success may inspire them, too. Whatever gives you pleasure and marks the occasion in a meaningful way for you makes for a good celebration.

Celebrate what deserves recognition

In case you are feeling some resistance to celebrating your life, let me offer the following thoughts. I have learned that giving achievements, big or small, and good faith effort due recognition is neither indulgent nor narcissistic. It is necessary for realizing our dreams. Doing so registers in our subconscious the good things we have done, not just what we have failed to do. When we neglect to acknowledge and celebrate what deserves recognition, we run the risk of taking things for granted and minimizing how powerful we are in creating our own destiny. Instead, we inadvertently trap ourselves in a consciousness of lack, struggle and/or victimhood, that life is hard and full of hurdles. We wonder why that job, that relationship, or whatever it is that we want still has not shown up, even though many good things have already manifested – but we have completely taken them for granted. By celebrating where we are and what we have already done, we open ourselves up to more, and we make ourselves magnetic to our dreams.

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This article is based on the Celebrate Chapter of my book, REACH Your Dreams: Five Steps to be a Conscious Creator in Your Life.

About Alice Chan, Ph.D.

Dr. Alice Chan is passionate about developing conscious leaders and organizations. Her path to serve her life purpose has included being an award-winning Cornell professor and a leader in the corporate world for nearly 15 years. She’s the author of the book, REACH Your Dreams: Five Steps to be a Conscious Creator in Your Life, and creator of the program, 30 Days to Living Your Best Life. All content on this blog and website is her own, not the opinions of her employer.

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