Lesson # 4: Celebrate Your Success to Get Healthy

Today, we are going to talk about the fourth lesson in this mini-series.  I want to talk to you today about the importance of celebrating your success.  I learned a long time ago that if you’re going to take the time to set goals and work hard that it makes sense to celebrate your achievements as you go.  What fun would life (or work) be if you never took a moment to celebrate your victories?

When it comes to getting healthy, you should definitely celebrate your success.  Nope, I’m not talking about eating five gallons of ice cream right after you lose ten pounds either.  I’m talking about doing something special for yourself to celebrate your progress.  A few ways to celebrate your success might include:

  • Taking a weekend getaway
  • Getting yourself a gift
  • Getting a pedicure or manicure
  • Spending some time with people you care about
  • Going out to eat with your friends
  • Just doing something special for yourself

For instance, if you lost 20 pounds maybe you could take $100 and go out and buy yourself some new clothes.  Or, maybe you could go to a nice restaurant that you’ve always wanted to visit.

What you do isn’t anywhere near as important as doing something for yourself.

Where most people mess up in life is they set these really high goals that takes them months, even years to reach.  Doing this makes it hard to say motivated. That’s why you have to take your big goals and break them down into bite-sized chunks, such as weekly or monthly goals.  This gives you something much more doable to accomplish.

And once you accomplish your goal, no matter what it is, you can celebrate your success.

The beauty of doing this is that it keeps you on track.  Each month you have a goal to aim for and you can work hard to reach it. And once you reach it, you can celebrate.  And after you celebrate your success you can set a new goal for the following month.

Doesn’t this make a lot more sense that setting these huge long term goals?  I hope so.

I made this mistake for many years.  I’ve always set written goals, but they were all big goals or long-term goals.  I seldom set shorter term goals and I never celebrated my success.  Fortunately, I learned this lesson a few years back.

I hope you will do the same thing in your weight loss or health journey. Make the time to celebrate even the smallest victories.  It is great for morale and keeping you on track.

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