Do you take time to celebrate your accomplishments?

Or do you quickly move on to the next item on your list?

I’m in the latter category. Most of the time, I accomplish something and then move on.

Unfortunately, I don’t take time to celebrate my accomplishments.

I’m not sure why I keep moving on to the next item without celebrating. I know there’s no gold star if I accomplish one thing or ten things during the year.

When I do take time to celebrate an accomplishment, I find many benefits.

The key benefit of celebrating an accomplishment is reinforcing your self-image. No matter how big or small the accomplishment, you still went through a journey.

Celebrating gives you permission to pat yourself on the back and tell yourself, “Good job” or “Yay me!”

Another benefit of celebrating an accomplishment is a way to practice gratitude. While you accomplished a goal, more than likely, you didn’t go it alone.

Others may have helped or encouraged you with your journey. Celebrating allows you time to acknowledge those who helped you succeed.

The best part about celebrating an accomplishment is it lets you pause and refuel your motivation.

Celebrating gives you time to reflect on your journey, allowing you the opportunity to learn from it – the good parts and the not so good parts.

With this pause, you can stimulate your enthusiasm to move forward with greater motivation.

You’re probably wondering who has time to celebrate. I’m not suggesting a big celebration like you would for special occasions.

It could be something as simple as treating yourself to a spa service or buying a new gadget.

It could be dedicating a day or an hour to do something just for yourself … something you enjoy.

Celebrating allows you time to acknowledge your accomplishment. It’s part of the journey that can easily be overlooked.

Some people are better at celebrating their accomplishments than others. If you’re in the group that doesn’t celebrate, make an effort to change.

Celebrating your accomplishments will improve/reinforce your self-image, recognize those who helped or encouraged you, and refuel your motivation. Give it a try.

Stay PEF (positive, enthusiastic, and focused) and make 2023 your best year ever!

(Update to original post from June 22, 2017)


Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA®, RICP®, is a Managing Director at Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Life is more than money. It’s about living the lifestyle you want and can afford. For that reason, Niv consults with clients on money, life, and work. Her approach capitalizes on techniques she learned throughout her career, including as a management consultant, executive recruiter, and financial advisor. Her services include developing  comprehensive financial plans, divorce financial reviews, and retirement plans. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me.’”