Small business advice personalized for those who are new to business
How often do you celebrate? Do you find it hard to celebrate yourself and your wins? You should celebrate often: yourself, your wins, both big and small, and personal and business. About four years ago I started meeting with my accountability partner, a dear friend who also had a small business, for one hour every week. We’re both proud to say that we kept this commitment every week (with a few planned skips) for four really good (and really hard) years. One of the things that she started asking me a few years into our weekly calls was the question “What can we celebrate from the last week?”. And if I can be vulnerable with you for a moment, that question was hard for me to answer (not just that first time, but many many times after that). My thought process went something like: “Celebrate? I haven’t done anything to deserve celebration! I’m just doing what I should do and actually… I’m not doing enough, so I surely don’t deserve to celebrate!”
Does that resonate with you? If so, this article is for you! Let me help you see why it’s oh so important to celebrate often!
1) Celebrations Do Not Have to Be Earned
As a culture, sometimes we celebrate for something earned such as getting a promotion at work, buying a house, and graduating school. But we also celebrate for things that are not earned such as birthdays, Christmas, and even visits from the tooth fairy. You should definitely celebrate things that are earned, but also things that aren’t. What might this look like in business? Earned celebrations could be for having a successful launch, accomplishing a difficult task, or hitting a specific metric. Unearned celebrations could be for simply feeling good about your work, receiving a positive client testimonial or review, or learning about a new opportunity (even if that opportunity isn’t guaranteed to work out).
2) Celebrations Do Not Have to Be Big
We often associate celebrations with big events in our lives, but that doesn’t have to be the case. We should celebrate both big and small things in our lives. What might this look like in business? Big events might be launching your business, landing a great client, or hitting record sale numbers. Small events might include getting your social media posts up this week, having a higher email open rate on the last email, or following up with a potential client.
3) Celebrations Help Entrepreneurs Keep from Burnout
So you now know I want you to celebrate big things, small things, personal things, and business things, but why? Entrepreneurship often feels like a hamster wheel. You run and run and feel like you never get anywhere. Sound familiar? Actively celebrating milestones (both big and small) tells your brain to put mile markers on your journey so your efforts feel less like running on a hamster wheel and more like making progress on a cross country road trip. Marking your progress is the key to keeping motivation and preventing burnout.
Ready to get off the hamster wheel? Start celebrating. If this post hit home for you, I’d love if you shared it with someone who needs to hear it. And if you need an accountability buddy who will help remind you to celebrate, book a complimentary coaching call with me and we can discuss setting up a custom accountability plan for you!
Hey! My name is Christine and I'm an entrepreneur and small business coach. I've learned most of what I know through trial and error. I help women who are new to business to take their next steps with confidence and clarity.