Instead of focusing on January's broken resolutions, perhaps we should start February by celebrating the things we did achieve.
A perfectionist most of my life, I have always tended to focus on what still needs to be done. It can be a great way to keep moving and get stuff done. But it’s not a very fun or fulfilling way to live, because it means that I rarely, if ever, stop and appreciate all the things I have done. Let alone celebrate it!
A case in point was a recent marathon. Some would say that finishing a marathon at all, is worth celebrating. But I desperately wanted to break the 4 hour barrier – despite the fact that this required me to knock 29 minutes off my personal best time!
I trained hard for months, and on the day I finished in 4hrs and 1min.
I had taken a full 28 minutes off my personal best – which is definitely worth celebrating! – but the perfectionist side of me couldn’t shrug off that pesky one minute to actually enjoy it.
It was at this point I realised that if I was ever going to start enjoying the big achievements, I had to start celebrating the small ones.
And now I find myself at the end of January, with my perfectionist tendencies rearing their head again. After all January starts in a flurry of wild resolutions and ends for most of us with the devastating realisation that we can’t be perfect, even for a month.
Sure we may not have been perfect at running every day, or losing that weight, or whatever it is we resolved to do. But rather than limping weakly into February disheartened and discouraged, I want to challenge us to celebrate all the things we did achieve. Celebrate the runs you did go on, the cake you did avoid, the resolutions you made even a small amount of progress on.
Rather than limping weakly into February disheartened and discouraged, I want to challenge us to stop and celebrate all the things we did achieve.
Because these things are worth celebrating. And when we make the small things important and enjoyable, we have more chance of turning them into big things.
So go on… what are you going to celebrate this week?