I have a tendency to wait until a project is completed to celebrate my accomplishment.

For example, when I was in the process of getting my master’s degree I took note of each class I passed, but waited until the last grade of my final class was logged before I even thought about celebrating.

It just didn’t make sense to celebrate when I hadn’t reached my goal.

I am a goal-oriented person. I set my mind to something and I do it. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do procrastinate but I still do what I planned.

Recently, during a significant personal undertaking, I was asked if I was excited about my progress and what I had done to celebrate. I couldn’t for the life of me understand that train of thought.

I was aware of my progress, but I also knew how much further I had to go.

Why would I celebrate an incomplete job?

After my project was completed and I was able to breathe a sigh of relief, I took a moment to celebrate what I had accomplished.

During the next project it hit me. Not celebrating my little victories subsequently minimized all that I had done. I became a robot who didn’t take full advantage of the joy of the process.

I realized that there’s nothing wrong with giving myself a pat on the back for a job well done. There’s nothing wrong with acknowledging the hard work I put in to get past an obstacle. The more I celebrated during the process, the more motivated I was to continue on.

Life should not be relegated to a to-do list, checking off one accomplishment after the next without taking the time to savor the moment.

I learned that I needed to build in opportunities for happy dances, high fives with myself and ”You go girl” moments.

Even if those moments are brief, they’ll still have a positive impact on my life, bring a smile to my face and help to push me forward.

They will let me know there is always something to celebrate.

I don’t want to get so bogged down by my day-to-day life that I fail to see and appreciate all that is going on around me. Instead of just pushing through because this is what I am supposed to do, I want to take the time to look back, if just for a moment, and take stock of how far I’ve come.

Every milestone along the journey will be acknowledged.

I will be proud of my progress and strut my stuff like a peacock on full display. No longer will I squelch the magnitude of my accomplishments by waiting for the completed product before I celebrate.

My celebration will be a continuous one as I now know there’s always a reason to celebrate during the process.

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