“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Two of my favorite rules if you strive for goals:

Take time to review and celebrate your success, even the smallest ones.

Do something nice for yourself every time you do a step forward. Have you made an important point of your task list? That’s awesome! If you did anything you are proud of, if it has a meaning to you, include it. Appreciate yourself by making a delicious cup of tea or coffee, have a piece of delicious cake or anything else you enjoy. One of my personal rituals to honor myself is a nice, hot bath. I am creating a special atmosphere, lighting a candle, putting nice music and asking family members to give me an hour of peace. Fantastic relaxation! 🙂 And you, what do you like? Think of something you would LOVE to do to honor yourself – and then commit to doing it.

But why is it so important to celebrate success and praise our hard work? Well, it helps us take ourselves more seriously and develop confidence and healthy pride – as well as give us proof that we are learning, growing and succeeding in life, even when our inner critics might be telling us otherwise. And it inspires us to keep going.

As this year is coming to an end, make a list of everything you have achieved during past twelve months. You may ask yourself these questions:

  • What were my biggest achievements this year?
  • What am I most satisfied with?
  • What have I gained that has surprised me?
  • What ‘smaller,’ less visible things am I proud of achieving this year?
  • What steps have I made towards bigger goals, that I should thank myself for?
  • What have I failed at or made a mistake on that needs noticing?
  • What have I learned and what am I proud of in how I have handled it?
  • And finally: What will I do to honor, celebrate and acknowledge my achievements?

Appreciate your failures as they can be very good for success.

 

Remember the story of Thomas Edison, one of the most memorable inventors in modern times. Thomas Edison failed 10,000 times before developing the electric light bulb. When asked how did it feel to fail 10,000 times Edison replied:

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”.

The inspiring concept is, failure is life’s greatest teacher, so learn to celebrate failure and take the wisdom from it.

And yet Albert Einstein wisely said, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

Dream boundless, Sandra