“Celebrate your success and find humour in your failures. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Loosen up and everyone around you will loosen up. Have fun and always show enthusiasm. When all else fails put on a costume and sing a silly song.”
This week, my blog was inspired by some friends we had dinner with. They were talking to us about our business, finding out the history of it and how we had started and then were saying how well we had done. They were so affirming and positive about our success, which was pretty awesome for us! The thing is though, it made me realise that lately we have been more focused on the things wrong in the business and more about how we can improve. We are always thinking about how we can we make things better, how can we survive the Covid threat etc etc. Suddenly I realised when receiving the compliments from friends, that we hadn’t been too focused on the stuff we had done well. We weren’t looking at all the good, and at how far we had come and we certainly weren’t celebrating our success, rather we were in survival mode. That insight, came as a bit of a shock.
It’s certainly understandable to feel that way, with all that we have been through, but I think it is timely to remind us all of the need to acknowledge our accomplishments, the need to be proud of our successes and to celebrate what we have achieved. The quote I have included is very long and is practically a blog all on it’s own. I couldn’t say it any better though, what awesome advice. Particularly the part about being light and having fun. Our best times in business have been the times that we have been able to be light hearted about it, treating it as a fun game to play. When we manage to treat it like that, it does become fun and the team working for us all have fun with it too, then that spreads to the customers and it becomes a giant feel good. It’s one of the best ways to be successful in your business.
So, think about that this week. Write down all the things you are proud of, or are happy about. I remember being in a business networking group a while ago, where we were given an exercise of writing down everything that we had achieved that year, it doesn’t have to even be business related, it can be about family, friends, all sorts of things. It doesn’t have to be a year, you could just do one for the previous month, or even week, it’s ok to start small. Then give yourself a reward for all that. It doesn’t have to be expensive, it may just be giving yourself some time off, to do something that feeds your soul. If it is business related, make sure the reward includes your family, as they need to celebrate the rewards along with you. I hope this has inspired you to celebrate your success, have a fabulous week doing that.