In my last article, we talked about the strategy of using your past accomplishments to motivate you in the present. There are other ways to help keep yourself on track and pushing toward your goals, as well. Sometimes we get so focused on making a big transformation or reaching our destination that we forget to notice the changes we’re making along the way. Noting our successes, as we’ve discussed already, can help to motivate us. Taking it further and actually celebrating those things can provide us with a bunch of other benefits that touch upon various aspects of our lives. Let’s discover the reasons why you should celebrate milestones, successes and accomplishments on your path toward reaching your goals.
Improve Your Outlook
Celebrations are fun! By attaching a party or some kind of fun activity to your latest goal milestone, you’re teaching yourself to view the pursuit in a positive way. Too frequently, we see our goals as a struggle or something we have to do if we want to be successful. This mindset makes it more difficult to progress. Developing a success mindset can result when you make a few tweaks to your viewpoint and focus on the positives. Celebrating small achievements is one way to do this. When you take even a little step closer to your goal, embrace that success through some sort of enjoyable recognition. Reward yourself with a trip to the movies when you get an A on your exam. Anything that acknowledges your success in a pleasant way will do.
Celebrations of any kind tend to make us feel good. When we’re happy, production of neurochemicals such as dopamine in our brains is stimulated. Dopamine is known as a “feel good chemical’, in fact. As these chemicals are produced, our brains want more of them and their production leads us to seeking opportunities to obtain that stimulation. This creates a positive cycle in which we will actually want to continue celebrating the kind of progress that has led us to feel so wonderful.
Increase Your Confidence
Celebrating your achievements is a way of patting yourself on the back for a job well done. This is especially true when you include others in your activities. You build yourself up through these celebrations and reinforce the idea that you have the ability to complete your goal. Confidence is a strong motivator.
Share the Happiness
Not only are celebrations fun, they’re also happy-inducing. We talked about the feel-good chemicals released through celebrating your milestones. Sharing these celebratory activities is a great way to spread the happiness around. It’s also very inspirational. Those closest to you will want to share in your success because they’re proud of you and want good things for you. In addition, your success might just spark the desire in your friends to reach for their own dreams. It’s contagious, really. So, enjoy the celebration!
These are merely a few ways you can benefit from celebrating your milestones, successes and accomplishments on the way to reaching your goals. Each one of these little celebrations you have will probably introduce you to yet another good thing to come from them. Enjoy the process and just have fun.
The Power of Cheerleaders, Coaches, and Cohorts
Do you think of yourself as a fairly independent person?
Is it hard for you to ask for help?
Have you found yourself to be kind of a lone wolf in the world?
If you’ve answered “yes” to these questions, today’s post is meant especially for you.
Those of us who are fiercely autonomous often find it hard to depend on others in any way. However, when working toward a goal, leaning on those around you can be one of the best things you can do to improve your chances of achieving it. Accepting the support of others offers a host of other benefits, including simply making things a lot easier. I’d like to take some time to discuss three groups that can help you tremendously when it comes to making your resolution a success. Let’s discuss the power of cheerleaders, coaches and cohorts.
Your cheerleaders are the people who are there to encourage you from the sidelines. As the name implies, their job is to cheer for you as you work toward winning the game of whatever goal it is you’ve set for yourself. Whether it’s when you accomplish a big milestone or if you should find yourself backsliding, your cheerleaders will be there no matter what to give you the encouraging words you need to keep going. We all need these kinds of people in our lives, especially when things are hard. You may be surprised to find out just how motivating they can be and how instrumental they can be in helping you to avoid giving up.
Coaches can be anyone. While cheerleaders tend to be the folks who have a vested interest in you because they’re members of your inner circle, coaches are usually people you’ve recruited for a specific purpose. For instance, someone whose goal is to run a marathon might look for a personal trainer to help them get in shape, learn to improve their eating habits and discover ways to increase their endurance. If you have some more generalized personal goals on your list, perhaps hiring a life coach could benefit you in ways like providing specific resources, guidance and information toward reaching your objective.
A cohort is a unique support system. This is usually a group of people who are working alongside of you to accomplish the very same thing you are. Sometimes “cohort” is the term used for a group of students who are in the same program in school. They will take the same classes together, work as a group on projects and support each other throughout their educational journey. These groups can be found in other settings also. Any collaboration of people working together to achieve the same goal qualifies. They can be useful in so many ways. Because they are going through the same experience as you, they serve very well as a sympathetic ear, support system and motivator. Don’t hesitate to lean on them.
In fact, it’s imperative to understand the importance each of these groups can have in your life. You should embrace at least one of these folks as you move toward your goals. Once you practice accepting the coaching, cheerleading and support these folks can give, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.