I worked with a client the other day who has made incredible changes in his life.
He approached me at the beginning of the year because he had started dreading going to work. He needed to choose whether he was going to stay in a secure job he didn't enjoy or take a gamble and leave to do something he was passionate about.
He worked really hard and answered a lot of challenging questions. In just four months, he's become far more engaged in his work, has taken on more responsibility, a new job title and has more staff reporting to him!
He's always thought carefully about my questions and worked hard to find his answers. One question, however, really stumped him. We were finishing our work together and discussing the progress he made. I asked him how he was going to celebrate his amazing achievements. And this is the one question he couldn't answer!
How come we are so bad at recognising our accomplishments and then celebrating? I've noticed this in workshops too - when I ask people what has not gone so well, the answers flow readily, however it's a different matter entirely when I ask what has gone well. It takes a little bit of time but eventually the answers begin to come - and the impact it has on people - their body language and attitude - when they start to recognise their achievements - is fantastic.
So my challenge to you today, half way through 2015, is to look back on the last 6 months and spend some time writing down what has gone well for you this year. What strengths have you demonstrated? How have you pushed out of your comfort zone? What challenges have you overcome? And once you have spent enough time to write a really exhaustive list - decide how you are going to celebrate your achievements. It doesn't have to be a huge, extravagant celebration. Find something that is meaningful to you and makes you smile. Take a moment away from the rush of every day life to recognise the fact that you have been able to make some great progress in 2015. Then decide the next steps you need to take in the next 6 months so you can look back again in December and know that you had a brilliant year.