In the whirlwind of the day-to-day workplace, often the need to pause and celebrate success is overlooked. Instead we just keep plugging away at the next thing on the list. To keep the momentum of change going, it is important to take the time to celebrate success.
Change is often a long process. Mark positive milestones so people feel like there is movement in the right direction. Generating short-term wins and celebrating them reinforces positive movement. It keeps leaders interested and gives them a reason to continue supporting the project. Communicating successes to the rest of the organization bolsters the cause. Acknowledge and reward forward progress so you reinforce what is important and what you want to see more of.
When you are pushing the boulder uphill, it helps to stop long enough to look back and see how far you’ve gone. Take a celebratory break so you can recoup your energy and realize that you really are making a difference.
What successes might you celebrate?
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