The Simply Luxurious Life®: Stop and Celebrate  

July 26, 2010

Stop and Celebrate


“Success is to be measured
not so much by the position
that one has reached in life
as by the obstacles which
he has overcome.”
How do you go about achieving success?  What is your attack plan? What has worked in the past to get you to where you are today whether it be in regards to your career, your health, your education, your personal life, financial stability, anything?

Believe it or not, people are more apt to deem themselves a success if the road wasn’t to their liking, if they had to make a conscious decision for an extended period of time that the time they were putting in was worth it.  The good news in this is that they are also more likely to appreciate and not ruin the pinnacle they have arrived at.  A perfect example is someone who wins the lottery – Megabucks for example.  Due to the fact that the only effort applied was purchasing a ticket, the leverage that this money could be used for is often frittered away because it wasn’t expected in the first place.



But due to the fact of what Booker T. Washington alludes to, you are going to have to find ways to re-energize yourself, ways to pick yourself up and resolve to continue to go forward even when it seems all you are running into are road blocks.  No matter what other tactics you use to accomplish your goals, one important step in your process must be celebrating when you’ve reached a mini goal that is a vital stepping stone to the end result.

Now to some this may seem simple, but to others it may seem frivolous and unnecessary. The latter more often than not will nonchalantly shake off an opportunity to celebrate while in the midst of proceeding toward their intended target because in their minds they see so much more they could be doing and don’t want to waste the time to celebrate.  It is almost as though they believe that they will lose their momentum.  I am here to argue that the opposite is actual true.



How many New Year’s resolutions have you made in your life? How many have you succeeded at?  How many times have you set out to accomplish something and achieved it on the first attempt? I genuinely doubt that anyone has a 100% success rate, and I will immediately follow up by saying – that’s to be expected.  That is precisely why you MUST celebrate when you do hit the mark.

I can almost guarantee that along the way to the goal you are trying to achieve at this moment, you will have a stumbling block, you will miss one, or maybe two, of your mini goals, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be successful.  I am an avid believer that the only real failure is refusing to learn from the fall, and as long as you get back up, and stride forward, maybe in a slightly different way, in a slightly different direction, you have only grown, thus making you even stronger and more capable of achieving your goal.


So with that said, celebrate when you do succeed.  There is great value in reveling in victories because it provides the fuel, the motivation, even more momentum, to set the next goal – to have the energy to keep pushing forward to continue your healthy habits, frugality, your dedication at work – whatever it may be.



And in your celebration, make sure it supports your goal.  For example, if you recently decreased your BMI due to the fitness and diet program you are on, don’t consume a double cheeseburger, fries and a shake.  Instead, purchase the pair of Jimmy Choos you’ve had your eye on, or better yet, a pair of figure flattering jeans.  In other words, choose a way of patting yourself on the back that doesn’t cause you to take a step back.


And remember, by achieving a goal, you’ve done what few people have been able to do, persevere through obstacles, barriers, and distractions and stayed focused on the task at hand.  Bravo to you. There is no greater adrenaline rush of confidence than what you feel upon accomplishing something that has taken your blood, tears and precious time.  Not only has your confidence been boosted, but your self-worth as well, and you are the one responsible. So celebrate, and don’t feel guilty in doing so – you’ve earned it.

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14 Comments:

At July 26, 2010 at 1:13 AM , Blogger MarchMusings said...

I'll second that. We do need to celebrate our goals and different aspects of our lives. Because these moments will never be ours again.

 
At July 26, 2010 at 4:38 AM , Blogger Café Bellini said...

True...
I don't make new year's resolutions anymore... When I'm genuinely interested in something, it's so much easier to achieve a goal...

 
At July 26, 2010 at 5:12 AM , Blogger Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i love these posts u do - keep em' coming lovey!!!

*kiss kiss*
Erika
~Tiptoe Butterfly~

 
At July 26, 2010 at 6:30 AM , Blogger Leia said...

Really great food for thought. I especially what you've said about losing weight and then 'celebrating' by eating something unhealthy... there are other ways to make you feel great and reward yourself!

Leia

 
At July 26, 2010 at 6:36 AM , Blogger johanna said...

Ohh that CHANEL pic is SOO CUTE

 
At July 26, 2010 at 6:53 AM , Blogger Deliciously Organized said...

What an inspirational post. Very lovely.

 
At July 26, 2010 at 8:07 AM , Blogger Kiki said...

Happy Monday...this is really true, you're like a little wisdom board - Love it!!! So, stop by to see my great reveal: an ENTIRE week of great giveaways!!!

XOXO
Kiki

 
At July 26, 2010 at 9:04 AM , Blogger Mary said...

So true! Loved this read (and that dress in the top image!!)

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

 
At July 26, 2010 at 10:10 AM , Blogger Priscilla said...

wow...the dress!

 
At July 26, 2010 at 11:45 AM , Blogger Mish Dish said...

Yeah! Let's all celebrate US! I am so grateful to be here living this life. There is no guilt; guilt is from conditioning not the heart, not your truth.

BTW the mint green picnic basket is fabulous, who makes it?
XO Mish

 
At July 26, 2010 at 12:58 PM , Blogger THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Your posts are so inspirational. You totally motivate me. Thanks, love :)

 
At July 26, 2010 at 2:21 PM , Blogger ClassicStyle/DreamLife said...

so true my friend what you describe, Im trying to br graetfull everydag, and try to think like you schould plan your life the way you plan your vavancation..
I like the first picture:)

 
At July 26, 2010 at 3:27 PM , Blogger CJ said...

Wonderful post! Love the quote and that dress in the first pic....breathtaking. I normally set yearly, 5 year, 10 year goals. I feel so empowered when I attain them!

 
At July 26, 2010 at 3:52 PM , Blogger The Simply Luxurious Life said...

Mish Dish - I'm not sure who makes the basket unfortunately as I simply found the image on We Heart It. It is certainly darling.

 

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