Celebrate: You Deserve It!

It’s the end of the year…

Everyone seems to be celebrating…there are parties, get-togethers, dinners, and visits with friends and family.

Are you celebrating your year of work? No? Why not?

The end of the year is a great time to process and “take stock” of how your year went. I know that some of you will want to start with looking at what went wrong and how to fix it.

I want to change that.

I want to encourage you to look at what went right this year. That’s actually the first step.

Think through these questions deeply and write down the answers:

(Let me give you more thorough instructions. First start by seeing what thoughts come to you. Write them down. Keep going. Put 1 question per page and see how much of the page you can fill up. If you get stuck, take it a month at a time. This will help you go deeper and bring more memories back. What happened in January? What are you grateful for that happened in January?)

The key is to BE SPECIFIC.

1. What are you grateful for this year?
(It could be having a job, getting a new opportunity, finding a new resource, working with a new team member, generating more revenue, gaining more knowledge, taking bigger action, coming up with new ideas, stepping out and up, getting onstage, working with a cool, new client, feeling like you made a difference…and the list goes on and on…)

2. What went well for you?

3. What are you proud of? What did you accomplish?

4. Where – and for what – did you receive compliments? Positive feedback? Accolades?

5. What decisions did you make to move yourself forward?

You might be tempted to default to what went wrong. What didn’t go right. Where you screwed up. But, that’s a conversation for another time.

Please just focus on what you did well and feel good about.

Now go back and read those pages. It was a good year, right? Did you celebrate all of these components of your year?

Now is the time to celebrate! Review these pages…put them in a folder and bring them out when you are tempted to get down on yourself. Read them.

And, celebrate! Find a way to treat yourself to something before the end of the month. You’ll have to figure out what that is. The important thing is…

Celebrate! Because you deserve it…

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