Updated: Jan 1
Celebrating WINs and prioritising rest are the top themes coming up in coaching sessions.
How often do you really take the time to celebrate the wins in your life?
Some of the reasons you don’t celebrate might be:
You feel you can’t slow down, you’ve got to get onto the next thing, the next accomplishment
You’ve set such a high bar that no matter how great the win, it’s never good enough. You focus on the small things that didn’t go perfect while the rest of it went well
You’re scared that if you pause to celebrate, you’ll take your eyes off the bigger goal and start slacking
You’ve been taught or conditioned by your upbringing or environment to be humble; celebrating is seen as arrogant or a way to brag
You think you can only celebrate the really big life-changing goals so you ignore the little big wins. The thing is that taking the time to recognise and celebrate your success has many benefits.
Here are 4 ways that celebrating your successes can benefit your life:
1. You can refer back to your wins and relive the feeling of accomplishment you had. This can give you a confidence boost at a time when you might be feeling down. Make a list and post it somewhere you’ll see frequently like your fridge or a vision board. Write each win on a post-it, fold it and put it into a old glass jar. Every now and then take one out of the jar whenever you need a little boost.
2. By recognising wins, you can reflect on what went into the win and use it in future efforts. What made you successful? What can you replicate from this experience, and bring into the present? What did you learn? Takeaway the key gems that made it a win and build on those gems to create even more and bigger wins!
3. Celebrating can inspire those around you to celebrate. Just like the way taking risks can inspire others to step out of their comfort zone and take their own risks, celebrating your wins can help others reflect on and recognise their own wins. Don’t be afraid to put it out into the world that you’re celebrating. Blow your own trumpet publicly on social media platforms for the world to see and while you’re doing it ask others to share what they’re celebrating too.
4. Identifying and celebrating your wins can help lead you to your life purpose. Think of your life purpose as the north star of your life. Start by reflecting on what you feel your wins are and uncovering what patterns you can pull out. Does anything stand out about what you did or how you approached something? Maybe someone you were working with found value in what you did for them. What about that felt good to you? What are your reflections from that interaction?
So, how are you planning on bringing more celebration into your life?
Let’s talk about rest:
This is particularly important for those of you working in the social justice space, striving for social change. Fighting for social change has the potential to make a meaningful impact on history, especially if you pay attention to the work that has already been done to inform and guide your efforts. Activism and campaigning can put you at risk of burnout if you don’t allow yourself some time to recover and get adequate rest.
Here are 4 things you can do to avoid mental and physical exhaustion as you help to fight for social change:
Leading With Values
A good starting point as you strive for social change is to connect with the values that are important to you. What are you Visions, Values, And Voice. Identify ‘What is Important Now?’ Having a clear understanding of what drives the work you do, helps you stay grounded, supports others to understand your message and brings you back to your why when you may be feeling drained.
Have strategies for organising
To get the most out of organising work, it can help to rely on approaches that have worked well in successful movements. The Resist and Renew Podcast is great. They interview social movement organisers about their work and how they do it.
Storytelling can help to amplify the voices of those most impacted by the social issue you are trying to bring awareness to and fight for.
In the Storytelling And Social Change Guide: A Guide For Activists, Organizations And Social Entrepreneurs, storytelling is recommended as a strategy for social change given that it can help people to understand how the personal and political spheres are connected. This connection can help to build a sense of community — which is necessary to enact change.
Sustaining a Movement
Throughout your work, rest and recovery are crucial in your fight for social change.
Some strategies for managing this include boundary setting, accessing healing resources, taking breaks, expressing gratitude, celebrating milestones, scheduling time off, eating, sleeping, and staying hydrated. I’m a fan of The Nap Ministry!
Just as you invest your time and efforts into social change in organisations and communities, I coach you to invest in you too. Focusing on building better processes for care, connecting with your values and support to strengthening relationships that foster trust and insight.
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