When we're working on long, complicated projects or far-off goals, we have to wait a long time for the eventual payoff, and that can be discouraging. Focusing on small wins along the way can help us see our progress and stay motivated. That's why it's so important to take time each day to record something worth celebrating. Sometimes the win will be tangible progress - something measurable such as pages completed, new clients signed on, or other milestones along the way. Most of us don't have trouble identifying those when they happen, but we sometimes need to be reminded to take notice and enjoy them. Other types of wins fall into the category of things we have to dig for. On days when there aren't any noticeable signs of progress, the practice of looking for something to celebrate may force us to consider our mindset and personal growth. On days like that, we may decide to celebrate our patience or perseverance. Those victories are just as important, maybe even more important.
The underlying theme of my planner, The Celebration Journal, is encouragement. I want to help people push through the mental barriers that either keep them from reaching their goals or keep them from enjoying the process and results. I really believe that a relentless focus on the positive and on forward motion will help people make faster progress. No matter how many setbacks we face or how long our path to success, we are never well served by looking at ourselves as failures.