Why Celebrating Every Accomplishment is Important
This works not only for myself, but also for everyone around me. I celebrate the accomplishments of my colleagues to elevate the team as a whole. A simple "Good job on ______" compliment can go a long way. Positivity is contagious and can spread like wildfire. As a high school English teacher, I celebrate the successes of my students to build their confidence and motivate them to improve academically.
As a father of a 10 month old, I've congratulated my son on every little accomplishment he has made. It's amazing watching him grow up (so far) and see what I (and probably other adults) take for granted. When he was a couple months old, moving his hands and feet were such big challenges. After that, he learned to hold his head up, roll on to his stomach, and crawl. He now is climbing on top of everything and just stood up on his own a few days ago. Every time my son learns something new, my wife and I clap for him. Somewhere along the way he learned that it was positive reinforcement for him; and now he claps for himself when we clap for him.
Even on the days when I feel like nothing went right, there is always an accomplishment to celebrate. Like a friend of mine once told me, "If you're still breathing, you're doing something right." No matter what, every day I have reasons to celebrate.