Business owners often overlook acknowledgement and celebration and that means the batteries are not getting recharged – so disillusionment, exhaustion and burnout are waiting to happen.Acknowledgement is defined as:
- Acceptance of the truth or existence of something
- The action of expressing or displaying gratitude or appreciation for something
Celebration is defined as:
The action of marking one’s pleasure at an important event or occasion by engaging in enjoyable, typically social, activity.
In my experience my clients are often masters in hard work, in beating themselves up for what they are NOT doing, setting standards higher than the Burj Khalifa (Tallest Building in the world, in Dubai – I visited it in December) but when I say “Please can you acknowledge yourself for 5 things that you accomplished, each day, do it as you walk to your car to go home in the evening” I get these blank stares of disbelief; and they struggle to do the exercise for a week!
If you struggle in this area, then this is a muscle to begin to develop. Here are some places to start.
- Monthly, stop and reflect on your business results
You can look at turnover, number of orders, how many invoices you’ve issued versus the year before, number of clients you’ve worked for. Pick a few measures and compare them to previous periods. Last year, by the middle of the year, I’d issued the same number of invoices as the entire prior year. So whilst yes it’s about the value of the invoices, it’s still made me proud to know I was on the right track. My brother who is a runner said to me when I shared the news with him, that he motivates himself for the hills ahead by looking back at the hills he’s already climbed!
- Meet with another business owner and share your accomplishments together
Have an accountability buddy (or coach) who you meet with once a month and share your news, celebrations and challenges.
- Make a list of the things that nurture you and pick one when there is a win to celebrate
I heard on the radio last week that Blue Label Technologies, who named their business after Johnny Walker Blue Label, buy a bottle and write the name of the new contract on it when they sign up a new client. The owner wouldn’t tell the radio presenter how many they have…
- Put aside a % for celebration
Just as you may put aside a % for social responsibility or for your training and development, put aside a bit for celebration and nurture. How can you give to others and be stingy with yourself?
For me personally, I’ve done a combination of the following:
- Give something to a charity I support
- Thank my clients in my own or their birthday month with a small gift
- Get together with other business owners and associates to celebrate – that’s included an afternoon at a spa and
- 3 days leave for a road trip to see the spring flowers – something on my bucket list
- Enjoyed a massage
Remember to live life richly. Our economy needs us Small Business Owners, so do take time to celebrate.
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