KIOSB D6: Celebrating Your Accomplishments
Today’s prompt for the Kickin’ It Old School Blog-a-thon is to share your first blog post, why you started blogging, and what you’ve learned or how you’ve changed since then. And, while I blogged/LiveJournaled/MySpaced/Blogger-ed my heart out long before the start of this blog (I can’t even remember when — just think waaaay back), this particular writing space I set up back in 2010. And, my first post was called Great Expectations. I also just recently shared a bit about why I set up this blog here (my intention for it).
Now, I’m just going to blatantly diverge a bit on the thread of “what you’ve learned or how you’ve changed” and talk about taking time to acknowledge and celebrate changes and accomplishments in our lives because I think that’s important and something we often forget to do in the hustle and bustle of “what’s next!?” To start, a short story…
About a year or so ago some close friends and I were meeting up on a regular basis to support one another in our business plan developments using the awesome book The Right-Brain Business Plan. As we were coming into a new year, I was finding myself suddenly unexcited about our next get-together. I was sitting in a slump of feeling like my plans weren’t coming together as quickly or clearly as everyone else’s seemed to be, and I could feel myself curling into a ball of, “Oh crap, I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m not good enough. Their paths are so much clearer than mine. I can’t decide on anything. Blah blah blah.” So, when I thought about coming together again to work on the next steps of our planning, a knot was forming in my gut and I felt like I’d just end up being that much more “behind.”
Luckily, I was working with awesome, intuitive friends and I stepped into the next gathering anyway, even though I was feeling pretty crappy about it. And what happened ended up turning my mood and my perspective completely around! As we discussed what we wanted to cover in that session, we ended up on a path of looking back over the last year to see what we had each accomplished. We grabbed some paper and colorful markers and just started listing things we had gotten done, challenges that we had overcome, goals that we had met, etc. And holy crap had I gotten a lot more done than I ever would have guessed before writing it all down! As I wrote, I was amazed at all the things I had already forgotten I’d done to get where I was. I had become so focused on what I didn’t have — what I was moving towards, and how slow-going that was feeling in that moment — that I had lost track of EVERYTHING that I had accomplished to get to that point. And there were some big pieces! (And, that shift in perspective allowed me to plow forward through the slow-going bits with renewed energy.)
As I’m writing this out, I’m struck by the fact that it was only about a year ago that this happened, and so many more amazing (and challenging!) things have played out since then. And, one of the things that I’m finding myself grateful for in this moment is that in the past few months I’ve become better at taking the time to look back — even just a few days, weeks, or months — and acknowledging and celebrating things that have happened, even the seemingly little things that I know were actually a big deal for me! And, as tough challenges have been coming up, I’ve been setting celebrations for myself around them, so that I know there’s space after accomplishing them for me to take a deep breath and linger in the awesomeness of overcoming a fear or challenge or just plain diving in and getting a whole lot of work done. (Case in point, I completed a pretty intense 28-day marketing period a few weeks ago, with the promise of treating myself to a Broadway show by getting it all done, so I’ll be seeing Wicked in a few weeks. Celebration!)
I invite you to choose something to acknowledge and celebrate today! Feel free to leave it in the comments section, or create your own private celebration of it solo or with a loved one.
This post is part of a Kickin’ It Old School Blog-a-thon taking place throughout the month of December 2013. Anyone is welcome to join in anytime during the month! And, you can find all of my KIOSB posts here. Day 6/31