When you and/or your co-workers experience a success (no matter how big or small), what do you do? Do you take time to celebrate your success? Do you share a quick “congratulations” or “well done” and automatically direct your attention towards the next goal without proper acknowledgement of what’s been achieved?
In our non-stop, 24/7 world, it is all too easy to place immediate focus on your next task at hand and forget to stop and reflect on our successes. Ironically, it’s like what’s been achieved all of a sudden loses its importance simply because it’s been achieved. But if you ignore your own wins or those of the ones around you, you miss a vital opportunity not only to value and celebrate all that’s been done in order to achieve that particular success but also to inspire everyone to notch up even greater successes.
There are of course a number of reasons why celebrating success is essential but I’d like to focus on just a few:
It puts the focus on the positive rather than the negative, on the CAN DO rather than on the CAN’T DO.
It motivates people to continue delivering good work because it feels good to see that your efforts are valued.
It reinforces the concept that good, focused, diligent work pays off.
It builds your confidence and makes it easier to keep pushing to reach those large-scale future goals.
That being said, how can we celebrate success? Arguably, the celebration doesn’t have to be a big deal. It can be something you do alone or something you share with others. It just has to make you feel good and help you enjoy your accomplishment. For example, you can throw a party, treat yourself to something special like a big piece of delicious chocolate cake or a day off work, share it on Facebook or tweet it, go for a run or for a relaxing stroll along the beach. You can even write your success story to share in an editorial to colleagues, which is what I’m doing now.
We can obviously celebrate our success on our own but to me it works much better in a team context. Thus, I want to celebrate my success story with all of you. And this particular success involves lots of people (the GT team, all the Managers and Trainee Teacher Coaches) but, in particular, four former-Trainee Teachers: Ana Luiza Lobo, Joana Louback, Juliana Pereira, and Juliana Queiróz. They were the first four to complete the Trainee Teacher Programme and were hired as Cultura Inglesa teachers. This is a celebration of closure and at the same time a celebration of beginning.
As we start a new year, I want to celebrate them as icons of success, as people who through their hard work, sense of purpose and dedication prove that it is possible to achieve your goals and who inspire all of us to do the same.
So here’s to you, ladies! Take a bow! (And if you decide to throw a party, let me know…)