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Embracing the Promenade: Finding Balance between Celebrating Our Achievements and Avoiding Bragging in a Fast-Paced World

Written by: Amanda Levison, M.S., LMHC, LPC, CCBT


In today's highly competitive and fast-paced society, where success is often measured by constant progress and the pursuit of bigger and better things, it's easy to overlook the importance of celebrating our achievements. 


In our quest for the next big milestone, we often need to remember to pause and acknowledge the milestones already achieved. But why is it that when we take a moment to recognize and celebrate our accomplishments, it can sometimes be met with skepticism or even disdain?


Perhaps it is because celebrating our achievements has become synonymous with bragging or showing off.


In a culture that values humility and modesty, openly acknowledging our successes can be perceived as seeking attention or flaunting our accomplishments. 


But is this perception fair? 


Should we avoid celebrating our hard work and moments of triumph to avoid being labeled self-centered?


Couple joyfully celebrating an achievement together, symbolizing support and shared success in a harmonious relationship

On the other hand, some may argue that indulging in self-congratulatory moments is a form of self-indulgence or even narcissism. We may be accused of misplaced priorities or selfishness by taking the time to cherish our accomplishments. 


But is it wrong to want to bask in the glory of our achievements? After all, we are the ones who put in the effort, made sacrifices, and overcame obstacles to reach our goals. Shouldn't we be allowed the space and time to revel in our victories?


Perhaps striking a balance is the key. Appreciating and celebrating our achievements without crossing the line of arrogance is essential. By being mindful of how and when we share our successes, we can avoid alienating others or appearing boastful. 


Additionally, celebrating our accomplishments in a way that inspires and uplifts those around us can help create a positive environment where everyone feels encouraged to pursue their own goals and celebrate their triumphs.


Ultimately, celebrating our achievements shouldn't be viewed as a disservice to ourselves or as criminal behavior. Instead, it should be seen as a necessary and rewarding part of personal growth and motivation. 


By taking the time to acknowledge our accomplishments, we can gain a renewed sense of purpose, motivation, and gratitude while also inspiring and empowering others to do the same.


In this blog, we will delve deeper into the importance of celebrating achievements, explore different ways to honor and recognize our successes and discuss why finding a midpoint between self-appreciation and humility is vital for personal and professional fulfillment. 


Join us as we venture on a journey of self-reflection, celebrate our achievements, and learn how to strike a balance in our pursuit of the next big thing.


We often find that there is a celebration for every major social achievement:

  • we often have graduation ceremonies from pre-K through graduate school.

  • we get themed parties and other festivities for our birthdays and anniversaries.

  • we celebrate with games and food for sporting events, baby showers, weddings, and various holidays.

  • we even celebrate retirement.

We acknowledge the completion of so many things socially. Why don’t we do the same for individual or personal goals we reach?


Celebrating our successes is important to our personal growth and overall well-being. When we celebrate, we reinforce the motivation to carry us to the next achievement. 


This is important for individuals as well as organizations. It is a time to step back and recognize the effort to achieve that big success, or even a modest win, and do it authentically.


How can we celebrate our achievements?

There are different ways to celebrate achievements, but some can have dangerous or negative consequences. Everyone is different, so they will celebrate their accomplishments differently and with different capabilities.

 

Usually, we think of going out for dinner and drinks or having a social gathering. Not everyone can celebrate with champagne and a night of drinking because of a faulty history with alcohol. 


People who are introverted or who have social anxiety tend to get extremely anxious in large crowds or public places and will not find cause to celebrate in this manner. Parents without childcare are sometimes limited in activities they can participate in.


No matter your unique circumstances, there are different, safe, productive, and rewarding ways to celebrate your achievements. Believe it or not, you can celebrate accomplishments using a therapeutic approach.


Practicing a therapeutic approach to celebrating our achievements can reap the benefits and find greater fulfillment in our lives.


The things listed may surprise you because they don’t cost you anything, won’t take up too much of your time, and can be done effectively with you leading the charge. Let’s dive in!


1. Self-reflection. 

One of the key aspects of celebrating our successes therapeutically is through self-reflection or personal reflection. It is the ability to witness and evaluate our cognitive, emotional, and behavioral processes. 


It is taking the time to think about, meditate on, evaluate, and seriously consider your behaviors, thoughts, attitudes, motivations, and desires. 


Taking the time to reflect on our journey and progress allows us to acknowledge the challenges we've overcome and the growth we've experienced.


This can be done through…

  • Journaling Thoughts: Where we can write down our thoughts and feelings about our achievements and look back on them in the future. In general, journaling is a very healthy outlet for expressing ourselves for our mental health.

  • Voice Recording Thoughts: Where you can verbally say your thoughts and feelings about your accomplishments and look back on them in the future.

  • Meditation: It can help you find stillness and mindfulness as you reflect on your successes. Practicing self-reflection helps us appreciate our accomplishments and gives us insight into our strengths and areas for further growth.


2. Sharing our Achievements with Loved Ones: 

Another important aspect of celebrating our successes therapeutically is sharing our achievements with loved ones. 


Celebrating with friends and family can benefit our wellbeing:

  • It fosters a sense of community and connection that most of us desire.

  • It allows you to demonstrate qualities such as perseverance, creativity, and initiative.

  • A positive self-image is reinforced.

  • Your accomplishments are acknowledged and recognized.

  • Your potential is recognized as well.


By including those who have supported and cheered us on, we allow them to partake in our happiness and joy. 


This sharing of success can strengthen our relationships and create a sense of community and support. Celebrating with others reminds us that success is not an individual endeavor but a collective accomplishment.


3. Setting New Goals

While celebrating our successes, it's also essential to set new goals. As you may already know, having goals is a good way to focus on important things. It allows us to envision how we would like our life to be. 


When we have a goal, we tend to increase the time and effort we spend on an activity and develop effective strategies to achieve that goal. Acknowledging our achievements can boost our confidence and motivation to dream bigger and aim higher. 


Setting new goals allows us to continue growing and evolving, pushing ourselves to reach new heights. By visualizing what we want to achieve next, we can stay focused and driven, maintaining the momentum we've built through celebrating our successes.

 

There is a proper way to set new goals for yourself. To boost motivation and reduce the risks of burnout, it is important to remember SMART goals.


The goals should be:

  • Specific: Make your goals clear and concise. No room for ambiguity here!

  • Measurable: Find a way to track your progress. How will you know you're getting closer to your desired outcomes?

  • Attainable: Make sure your goals are within reach. They should be possible and realistic.

  • Relevant: Your goals should align with your values and fit into your long-term life plan.

  • Time-bound: Set a realistic deadline to increase your motivation, organization, and prioritization.


4. Engaging in Self-Care

Part of celebrating our achievements therapeutically involves treating ourselves through self-care activities. This could be a range of activities such as getting a massage, having a spa day, or a favorite indulgence (think “treat yourself”). This allows us to recharge and rejuvenate.


Taking care of ourselves is vital for our well-being, and it is important to recognize and appreciate the role of self-care in our journey to success. 


Self-care activities fit into one of the seven pillars: mental, emotional, physical, environmental, spiritual, recreational, and social. 


A well-balanced self-care routine involves each of these, so avoid restricting yourself to just one or two pillars


Here are some self-care ideas

  • Get regular exercise. Just 30 minutes of walking daily can help boost your mood and improve your health.

  • Eat healthy, regular meals, and stay hydrated.

  • Make sleep a priority; on average, 8 hours a night is recommended.

  • Focus on positivity.

  • Stay connected and maintain healthy relationships.

  • Do regular mental check-ins with yourself.

  • Engage in mindfulness and meditation.

  • Be sure you have a healthy emotional outlet.

  • Declutter your home or workspace.


5. Expressing Gratitude

Another important aspect of celebrating our successes therapeutically is expressing gratitude. Gratitude is an emotion similar to appreciation, and it is the act of recognizing and acknowledging the good things that happen, resulting in a state of appreciation. 


It is more than simply stating “thank you.” Recognizing the people, opportunities, and resources contributing to our achievements cultivates a positive mindset and attracts more abundance into our lives. 


By expressing gratitude, we acknowledge the support and assistance we've received, fostering a sense of humility and appreciation.


6. Paying It Forward

Celebrating our successes therapeutically involves paying it forward and positively impacting others. We can be effective in the lives of others, and it glorifies random acts of kindness. 


Paying it forward tells us that when someone is kind to us, it's a good idea to repay mankind several times over by doing good things for others. The value of the principle is that we do our part in making the world a better place. 


Using our success as a platform to give back to our community or support causes close to our hearts allows us to celebrate and elevate our achievements. By making a difference in the lives of others, we create a sense of purpose and fulfillment that goes beyond our accomplishments.


Conclusion

So, whether you are someone who strayed away from celebrating your successes because you didn’t know how to, you were afraid of being misperceived as bragging, or you thought you didn’t have the time, the hope is that you noticed these steps are beneficial for you. Celebrating our successes therapeutically is essential for personal growth and overall well-being.  


By practicing self-reflection, sharing our achievements, setting new goals, treating ourselves through self-care activities, expressing gratitude, and paying it forward, we honor our hard work and nurture our overall well-being. Success is not just about the result; it’s about the journey, personal growth, and resilience we develop along the way. 


That’s what we’re celebrating! So, take a moment to celebrate your successes and appreciate your progress – you deserve it! If you struggle to recognize your growth and need extra support, contact us at the Neurofeedback and Counseling Center of PA to connect with a therapist who can assist you through your journey.





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