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Ten Top Ways to Celebrate Success

In today’s business world, we tend to think more about successfully overcoming challenges and roadblocks.  But businesses also need to focus on success. What best defines success? Look up “success” online and definitions of this noun can be “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.”  Another is “the achievement of something designed, planned or attempted.”   Once getting past the roadblocks, what are some ways to celebrate success?

First, achieving success starts with an attitude. Whether you’re inspired by quotes, or possibly reading a weekly tip? The point is to find something that creates that small burst of energy you need.

Getting past the failures to achieve that success

A key thing to remember is that in business, we have to get through failures first. A quick example?

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, co-founders of the phenomenally successful bestselling “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series of books, opening admit that getting to the right publisher was a huge challenge in itself. They went through countless publishers (hundreds) before finally getting “in the door.”

How to React to Failures and Get Past Them?

Will Marre, the co-founder and former president of The Covey Leadership Center, where he helped translate those concepts into powerful leadership courses that he taught to millions of executives worldwide, has also seen and dealt with failures himself.

In 2004 Will founded The American Dream Project as way to help future leaders create, develop and find the tools, along with developing relationships to build and create that next successful chapter of work and America.

Will also writes his weekly blog, “Wednesdays with Will.”  In his recent blog, “3 Reasons Why Thanksgiving Is Your Best Holiday,” published November 25, Will shares a story. He had gone through a past time of frustrations – daily bouts of agony dealing with some things in his life that just didn’t seem to be getting better, despite how hard he had been trying.  Will mentioned that his coach then told him that it was futile to protect himself with things he couldn’t control, but instead to develop a belief that he was stronger than the disappointments that might come up.

His coach told him, “Everything that you have feared the most has already happened to you. And look at you, you’re still fighting and standing. It’s awesome, you have nothing to fear now.”    Will mentions that those were the right words for him and he also wrote them down.

Celebrate Success Regardless of Whether it is Big or Small

Yes, people need to celebrate success because it builds self-confidence, and also makes it easier as far as pushing and achieving bigger goals. Celebrating also provides encouragement to others.  A few more suggestions?   Great leaders celebrate those “wins” with their team (employees and staff members) who helped create that success.  So share the success celebration.

Top Ways to Celebrate Success

  1. Share the news with friends, colleagues and family
  2. Thank everyone who supported you and your team
  3. Write your success story and share it in a newsletter as well as online (tweet about it, post it on Facebook) to clients, colleagues, and friends
  4. Write a blog about it
  5. Have a party (good when you reach a big goal)
  6. Treat yourself (and your staff/team members) to something special – possibly a relaxing day away from the office, or even a celebration lunch
  7. Give your goals a one-day break
  8. Start a success journal and share it
  9. Write down your success and then put it where you and your team/staff members can also see it each day
  10. Support someone else in reaching his or her goal

Last Thoughts

When you have a success, celebrate that success immediately after you achieve it.  Don’t wait. When you celebrate immediately, you will get the most out of it.

Cindy Bertram

Cindy is a Business Advisor for the NW-ISBDC. She works primarily in Lake County Indiana. She holds a BA in theatre and English from Indiana University and an MBA in Marketing from Loyola University Chicago. Her responsibilities include, assisting clients in business planning and execution, planning, identifying and promoting conferences and workshops that benefit small and start up businesses, referring small businesses to resources specializing in small business success, working with businesses to secure financing for start up and growth, and coordinating with Chamber of Commerce and economic development organizations to impact the communities that we serve. Cindy has a background that encompasses a broad spectrum of experience ranging from business ownership, education, training and development, and sales and marketing. She is also a published author and regular contributor to trade publications. She is active on her Loyola University Alumni Board and co-chairs the annual event, “So You Want to Be an Entrepreneur” and has served as judge for the annual business plan competition.
Cindy Bertram can be reached at cbertram@isbdc.org.
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