Best Of Series: This is a repost of one of my most popular blog posts.
Here’s how I taught my dog to catch food in mid-air:
My husband and I would sit on the sofa with a bowl of popcorn.
My dog would watch us.
Piece by piece, we would fling popcorn at her.
She looked utterly confused each time a kernel bounced off of her face. She’d watch them fly by like it was a tennis match. She’d run after them, pick them up, and look at us again as we pelted her with more popcorn.
Then, one evening, after many rounds of this routine…
…she opened her mouth and caught one.
We were shocked. So was she. For a brief moment, the three of us just looked at each other dumfounded.
Then, my husband and I jumped up as if she had scored the winning goal. We patted her excitedly. We yelled “Good girl! Good girl!” It was our own living room version of the 1951 classic baseball moment… “The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!”
Since then, she’ll catch any food you toss her way. (Though she lets raw broccoli bounce off her head.)
So, here’s why this matters to your business.
Celebration is crucial.
And no, I’m not comparing you to a dog. (Though you could do worse than being my dog, that’s for sure.)
What I AM doing is sharing a key to your future success.
Celebrating your victories will train your brain to OWN IT. Even if it’s for a brief moment.
Acknowledging yourself for completions teaches you to receive, to FEED yourself.
And this is probably the one thing you always forget to do.
See, you’re a creator. You look ahead. You see ideas. You see the ideal. You see what’s possible.
As such, you look to the horizon. You place the bar pretty high above your head. You demand a lot from yourself.
This is great.
But the problem is that when you don’t stop to take in what you’ve completed and created, then you are always chasing the horizon line. The bar is always just above your head.
And when that happens, you lose your light. You resent your clients. You become small. You miss the abundance of your life and of this world.
And the world needs you too much for that to happen.
What have you achieved? What debts have you paid off? What courageous acts have you performed?
It doesn’t matter if they’re not courageous in someone else’s eyes. What was a big deal for you? Was it giving birth? Buying a house? Moving to another town? Writing a book? Giving a speech? Asking someone out? Quitting a job that was not right for you? Starting a business? Doing an open-mic night?
Write it below. Today’s as good as any to let us celebrate with you…