Whether you are already working your plan, still formulating your plan, or if you are continuing with what’s already working, it’s important to celebrate every single thing you do that’s related to your plan.
This is one of the reasons that I give gold stars (like the one below) for efforts instead of for results.
When you are working on a plan or working toward a goal, the end is a long way off – in time or in effort. And while it is good to keep our eye on that prize, it can be disheartening to compare our current position to that far-off result.
If we do make that comparison, we can end up feeling like we are behind or like we are not working hard enough.
To combat that feeling, I’d like to remind us all to also take a good look at what we have done so far.
When we consciously choose to notice our efforts, it helps us to see that our day-to-day practices matter, that they are adding up to something.
It keeps us from focusing on any gap between what we hoped we could do and what was actually possible.
It reminds us that we are all out here doing the best we can with the resources we have.
Noticing our own hard work helps us to be kinder to ourselves as we develop new habits and maintain the systems we have in place.
Here’s a link to an article by BJ Fogg on the topic of celebrating our efforts: How you can use the power of celebration to make new habits stick
And here’s a gold star for your efforts today.