Katie Whitsed | 98five blogger
I am a firm believer in setting goals and having a focus on moving forward. It’s so important. Always being a learner and stepping out into new things. Setting goals beyond your current ability levels, always. Because that’s where growth occurs.
However, I believe there is another very significant part of growth and moving forward that is so very important, and often dismissed.
A key ingredient to experiencing joy and growth at the same time is everyday celebrations.
At my church, we are currently in a four-week series called ‘happy’, which means exactly that, living life happy.
Today a very simple yet profound message was shared. Along the journeys, experiences, seasons and stages we go through in life, it is so important to not only celebrate achievements, milestones and significant successes, but focus on the process of “celebrating along the way”.
This got me thinking…
What is it that I am currently celebrating about where I am, right now, without thinking a moment into the future? Am I truly celebrating along the way, or am I only giving myself permission to celebrate when I achieve a goal, or progress forward?
In order to ‘celebrate along the way’, I think it’s about redefining your standards and definition of success. What does success means to you? What does it look like? How does it feel? That definition will have a large impact on how you experience joy.
Every day is a chance to celebrate, depending on how you define success.
Today for example, I celebrated being part of a church community and experiencing beautiful worship, I celebrated going swimming, and spending a beautiful afternoon with ladies that I truly value and appreciate. I celebrated making a new friend, and I celebrated freedom to enjoy the beautiful sunshine.
Success for me, is waking up to a new day, taking a breath of fresh air, and loving people. If you come home at the end of the day, having achieved none of your goals, nothing on the to-do list was crossed off, and you have a mountain of work to tackle the next day, as long as you know you have done everything with a kind heart, full of love, then it was a successful day.
With this mindset, you can always guarantee success, which makes it so much easier to celebrate along the way, to wherever it is you are going.
I guess the point I’m trying to make is to:
a) take the time to ask yourself, what is success for you? Is that realistic and helpful? Is it coming from a place of love for yourself and others?; and
b) don’t forget to celebrate the small wins, to enjoy how far you’ve really come.
There is something to celebrate in every day. Your job is to find those things, and celebrate them like you mean it!
You don’t need to move mountains every single to day be successful. Truth be told, the small stones are the first and most important places to start, and are equally worthy of celebration and joy.
“The man who moves a mountain, begins by carrying away small stones.” ~Confucius
Those small stones are your journey, your experiences, your seasons and your stages in life. Take notice of them, celebrate them.
Did you wake up today? Success!
Did you breathe fresh air and see the sun and sky? Success!
Were you kind to people? Success!
Did you give? Success!
Did you approach your daily duties from a place of love? Success!
See, there is really so much to celebrate, and that’s just a start.
If you need a little bit more, like during those days that are not as great as others, maybe you’ve had tough week.
Remind yourself, you do the very best you can with what you’ve got…and that’s enough. It really is.
So, what is it you are celebrating along the way to wherever it is you might be going? Perhaps you don’t know the destination. Often it’s not about that. It’s about the journey, the experiences, the seasons and the stages that get you there. Love them. Celebrate them. And always come from a place of love. That’s joy.
Katie believes in dreaming fearlessly and has a deep passion for seeing other people experience joy and stepping into living their best lives. Her love of writing and self-expression inspired her to create a blog as an avenue for sharing her journey in choosing joy. The kind of joy that makes you smile for no reason at all, the kind you don’t have words for — Joy unspeakable. heartfeltjoy.com | Follow Katie on Facebook | Instagram