Alright, you’ve had a big win. Maybe it was a promotion, a new relationship, a great opportunity that you just can’t pass up! Congrats, but did you celebrate yourself?
Well, you probably had a celebration, maybe a nice dinner with your spouse, or your co-workers took you out for drinks and threw you a party, but those don’t count. You had a celebration, yes, but it was more for the event and less about yourself.
They are celebrating the fact that you got a promotion. You need to be celebrating the fact that you worked so hard to get this promotion. Celebrating yourself can be a bit tricky and you might even find that it seems a bit arrogant, but don’t worry, you’ll get used to it.
How To Celebrate Yourself
First, you need to separate yourself from the event that took place. Let’s take that promotion. First, you have the event: The promotion itself and all the joy it gives you. Then you have yourself, or all the things you did to get that promotion. Did you stay up late, get to work early, bust your tail to turn in that project perfectly?
You need to celebrate what you did to make the positive event happen. Maybe you brought together an underperforming team of people and made them stars, or maybe you took over a well-performing department and kept it all up. Make a list if you have you, but you should be enjoying all the things you have done that have made you promotable.
Then, with all those positive memories in mind, celebrate with yourself. Do something you want to do, whether it’s going to a fancy dinner all by yourself or simply grabbing takeout and binging a few shows on Netflix. You deserve this time to celebrate yourself because it has these benefits.
The Benefits of Self Celebration
The benefits of self-celebration are twofold, first, they remind you of all that you did to get your big win and that hard work needs to be rewarded. Additionally, it also allows you to rest and recharge.
You don’t have to rest on your laurels forever, but whenever you take the time to celebrate, your mind isn’t focused on work or the next thing you need to do. Instead, it focuses on the present, and you take a breather from all the work you need to do.
Then, when you do return to work you find that you are ready to go and all recharged from your celebration, so you can tackle the next task with a full tank of gas! Taking time to recharge might seem like wasted time at the start, but whenever you factor in the fact that you are celebrating and refueling yourself, you won’t see it that way.
After all, which goes further? A car that goes until it runs out of gas and then refills, or a car that stops and recharges along the journey? The second one goes further, so why not treat your body the exact same way?
Throw Yourself A Party
Throwing yourself a party is one of the best ways to celebrate yourself because you get to honor all the hard work that has gotten you this far. Take your next big win and take yourself out to do something you love to do, and really hit the pause button and just have fun. You’ve earned it, you deserve it, and it will only make you feel more excited for the next big win where you can do it again!