Do you take time to celebrate small accomplishments? Or are you more like me, always rushing to the next thing. Too often, the moment I check something off the top of my to-do list, I find myself adding three more to the bottom.
I’ve decided that’s really a bad idea, since we miss out on a tailor-made opportunity to build our confidence. We also need a moment to rest and regroup before we dive back into the creative pool. I’m trying to become more aware of this in my own life and crazy schedule.
The next time you complete a task, climb a molehill or scale a towering cliff:
Hit the pause button
Just for a few minutes. Yesterday, one of my writer-friends said she finally wrote, “THE END” on her current manuscript and she planned to bake cupcakes to celebrate. I thought that was fabulous. It took her two years to get that puppy written. I was so glad to hear she was taking time to celebrate that not-so-easy-to-come-by milestone.
This morning, I finished editing a synopsis (a story summary) for an editor, taking it from nine pages down to five. That may not seem like a big deal, but it was for me. No sooner did I finish, that I emailed my critique partners to let them know about it. Writing—and most creative endeavors—can be a lonely place, so having a cheering section, whether in person, over the phone or through cyberspace, makes it easier.
Give Small Gifts
Volusia County Romance Writers, my RWA chapter, has what we call a “Motivational Club.” At each monthly meeting, members who have accomplished a small-ish goal are recognized and invited to take a prize out of the goody bag. Rewards are given for things like finishing a manuscript, entering a contest, sending a query letter to an editor or agent, finaling in a contest, etc. The prizes themselves are not extravagant by any means, but they are a tangible acknowledgement of a small victory.
Take time out to celebrate small accomplishments. You’ll find it’s so worth it.
I’d put this in the HUGE accomplishment category, but still, I’ll tell you there was major emailing, phone calling and Snoopy Happy-Dancing at our house this weekend over the release of the movie trailer for Catch of a Lifetime. (If you haven’t seen it, please click the link to view the trailer. Huge thanks to all who Happy-Danced with us! More details coming soon.)
So now I’m curious. What rewards do you give yourself??