When you launched your business or brought on your first client, did someone channel Chrishell Stause from Selling Sunset and frantically ring a humongous bell in your honor?
No?! Hmm... Me neither!
It’s easy to think of ways to celebrate success when you have a team rallying behind you, but sometimes the world of a solopreneur is quiet and lonely, so we need to get creative when it comes to acknowledging our wins.
So, why not establish some celebratory traditions? - just a few small things you do for yourself and your business throughout the year as a reward for all the hard work and accomplishments.
Here are six ideas to get you thinking in the right direction --
1. Keep a gratitude journal.
Consider purchasing a gratitude journal. A gratitude journal can help you jot down little nuggets of gratitude each day and help you truly appreciate the smaller wins. It's a great way to develop a new perspective on what is important to you - both personally and professionally.
There are many varieties of journals out there. Some are more affordable than others and they also vary in design - from super basic to ultra personalized. At the end of the day, all you really need is some blank space to write down the things, people, and accomplishments (no matter how small) you are grateful for each day.
Here are a few of my favorite journals that are available right now:
The Magic Is In You Gratitude Journal from Papier
Erin Condren's A5 Daily Gratitude Notebook
Brave, Kind & Grateful: A Daily Gratitude Journal by Jessica Hische
The Happy Planner's Gratitude Classic Guided Journal
2. Share with your crew.
Your friends, family, and followers are your biggest supporters. Even if you reach a small milestone or goal, don’t hesitate to go public with your success. Take the time to make a phone call, send a text, or create a fun Instagram post to share your victory.
3. Plan a happy hour with your other half or best friends.
Work hard, party hard, right?! And let’s face it - you earned it! Whether it's a night out on the town with your other half or a happy hour with your closest girlfriends, be sure to go all out - dress up, order (or make) some appetizers or your favorite dessert, sip on your favorite beverage, and chat about what's going well for you and your favorite people.
4. Start a "wins" jar.
Each time you accomplish something, no matter how small, write it on a sticky note and add it to the jar. At the end of the month (or when things aren't going as well), open it and read the stickies for an instant pick-me-up.
5. Listen to a celebratory playlist.
If you're like me, music is an absolute motivator. Whether you listen to music to focus while working on your goal or as a reward for all of your great work, having a go-to celebratory playlist is a must. If you're needing a little inspiration as you create yours, you can listen to my most recent mix here.
6. Treat yourself!
Undoubtedly, there are countless ways to reward yourself after a solopreneur victory. Perhaps a bubble bath, a good book with your favorite beverage, or a long walk are activities that you find relaxing and rewarding. On the other hand, you might prefer a monetary reward, such as a weekend getaway or the latest gadget. Whatever you choose to do, remember that the focus is on you and your accomplishment.
As you continue to be successful in 2022, remember that all the smaller victories serve as stepping stones to our bigger goals, and you'll be surprised how adding these celebrations to your routine can keep you motivated along the way.