One of the things I love most about watching the Olympics, is seeing all of the faces of joy, satisfaction, amazement, relief and accomplishment from these athletes. The unedited emotions, and the way they celebrate victory, without hesitation.
Sometimes it’s teammates celebrating with each other, or athletes from different countries congratulating their fellow competitors. You see it and feel it from the first time Olympians to the seasoned Pros, and the fans and families who are rooting for them.
We are all human.
It’s not just for Olympians. I think of the rest of us humans out there, how often are we celebrating our victories? It’s easy to diminish our simple successes. We shrink away thinking, “It’s not that big of a deal” or the one I’m guilty of, “Doesn’t everyone do that?”
The simple answer is; It is a big deal. and No, they don’t.
Why do we do that? Why is it so difficult to accept and acknowledge our victories? No matter how big or how small, we’ve worked hard. We’ve endured a lot. Let’s start celebrating those big deal moments and accomplishments the same way the Olympians do. Shout out “Yes!” with a fist pump in the air, run around waving your flag with a tear of joy streaming down your face, playing a song that makes you feel proud.
(Wouldn’t that be a surprise around the office after a successful meeting?)
You are unique, by sharing your talents and recognizing your worth, you are communicating that not only to the people around you but to yourself. By acknowledging your successes, you are building confidence. You are giving others the opportunity to know who you are and what is important to you.
It’s not about the moments where you seek praise from others, but the moments of acknowledging it to yourself.
Not just about a participation trophy
Some days it may seem like getting through your daily commute deserves a celebration, but I’m not talking about just making it through the day…
This is more about paying attention to the impact you are making on your life and potentially the lives of those around you. It’s about acknowledging the things you’ve endured, recognizing how you spend your time, your energy and how it makes you feel. There is a lot of power in giving yourself credit and being proud.
The firsts, finallys and flourishes
Remember your first time? First time what? First kiss? First time riding a bike? First day at your new job? First time you met your best friend? First time you tried a new flavor?
Remember the time you worked on a project for months and finally it was completed? Remember the time you planned your wedding and the day finally arrived? Remember studying everyday and finally you were graduating?
Remember being sick and then finding the right treatment and doctors to help you flourish? Remember finding the right group of colleagues who encourage and challenge you to be your best? Remember when you were cheering on your child in their favorite activity? When you were there for your friend to listen when they were going through a tough time. When you shared a goal, a laugh, a hug, a congratulations or a good job. When you helped another person flourish.
These moments happen everyday. These are the opportunities to put on our victory faces and express our emotions, without hesitation.
What did you do today that was brave? Did you try something new? Was there a goal you accomplished?
What are the firsts, finallys and flourishes that make you proud?
I’ll be your biggest fan…
In a meeting the other day, I made this statement “I’ll be your biggest fan, unless you do something really cruel or creepy weird, I’ll be there!” There was a lot of laughter in the room, but it is true. I’m your biggest fan, your proud crier, the one with the loudest applause, the one cheering you on, I will challenge you to be your best. I’ll do that for you, because I have a lot of big fans and I know the importance of having someone there. It’s one of the best things we can do for each other.
Thanks again for reading, be proud!