When was the last time you Celebrated?
That’s right – how long has it been since you celebrated?
I don’t mean go-out-on-the-town-and-spend-a-fortune celebration …
I mean even a simple pause in your day when you gave yourself a pat on the back.
And if you work in a team (whether you are the leader according to the organisation chart or your business card), when was the last time the team celebrated an accomplishment?
In our now time-poor, rat-race kind of lives, it seems we’ve lost the art of celebration. We’ve come to equate ‘celebrating’ with an event, a specific ‘thing’ that involves money and time (preferably several hours).
Yet, it’s the often the easy, simple and ‘small’ (in terms of time spent) celebrations that can create the strongest impact. More importantly, it’s these moments in time that sustain us, re-energise us and equip us with the ability to move forward in a more positive and focused way.
The late and much-respected Stephen Covey said this about the true value Quality Time: “Spending time doing things that are ‘Important’ builds our capacity to handle the things that are ‘Urgent’ that come up in our lives.” (from his book, First Things First).
In my book, Celebrating is Important, Crises are Urgent – so if I want to be as equipped as possible to be able to deal with the crises … I’ll celebrate every chance I get!
In this same book, Stephen also said: “We get a temporary high from solving urgent and important crises. Then when the importance isn’t there, the urgency fix is so powerful we are drawn to do anything urgent, just to stay in motion. People expect us to be busy, overworked. It’s become a status symbol in our society—if we’re busy, we’re important; if we’re not busy, we’re almost embarrassed to admit it. Busyness is where we get our security. It’s validating, popular, and pleasing. It’s also a good excuse for not dealing with the first things in our lives.”
So, if you and your team are ready to celebrate, here are 5 quick celebration ideas to kick start your momentum!
So … what are you waiting for? Go do some celebrating!
I guarantee it will lift morale, mood and productivity.
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