In business, we receive incentives, rewards and recognition to show appreciation for good work. But just in case your boss doesn’t work that way, or you work for yourself, you can still reward yourself for a job well done.
So why don’t we take the time to stop and reward and congratulate ourselves? Perhaps we:
- don’t see the importance of taking time to celebrate our success
- don’t want to take out the time in case we lose momentum
- are waiting for someone else to reward us
- are a quiet achiever — conscious of the ‘tall poppy syndrome’.
I brought a brass gong into my office, and whenever we achieved a result we would strike the gong to celebrate — loudly! It was interesting to note that the winners (and the winners in the making) would congratulate their teammates who got a result but the poor performers would remain silent. Once I noticed this, I highlighted that it showed good character to congratulate others for good results. A good culture celebrates success and good leadership promotes this.
If you are playing a solo game, do you still take the time to reward yourself — regardless of whether you have supportive people around you who recognise your great work? Running a solo game is no excuse for not stopping to celebrate.
When you achieve something great, give yourself permission to stop and take the time for a grateful moment — to bask in the glory of your accomplishments. When you achieve a result, congratulate and reward yourself and others — it’s one of the best ways to maintain a success momentum! It’s also how we maintain our mojo – that healthy combo of work, rest and play!
Celebrate – no excuses.
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