In times of transition we often look at the hurdles to overcome, mountains to climb, and obstacles that are slowing us down. We can forget to take time to celebrate the small steps that moved us closer to our goals. Have you celebrated a win lately?
In a recent Third Half Advisors workshop,participants explored how to move from curiosity to execution during a transition. Many people people found it easier to focus on the thinking and research stages of the transition than the execution. Even fewer people found it easy to think about celebrating their wins along the way.
In guiding people through a series of steps we use a workflow template. Participants explore which of their Clifton strengths they will use to:
- Generate ideas
- Take their first step
- Find someone to collaborate with
- Take meaningful action
- Celebrate Success
The group quickly recognized that their strategic thinking, relationship building and execution strengths would help them with steps 1-5. However when they got to step 6, they paused. They were not sure how to proceed and in fact had not even considered building in celebration to their process.
As we explored their strengths more deeply, people began to see that they are indeed wired to celebrate. However,they had not been leveraging their internal strengths to actually pause, notice a win and celebrate accomplishments. Even the smallest win deserves a celebration and will keep you motivated during a transition.
What strengths would you call on to celebrate?
Perhaps these examples will help you remind yourself to pause and celebrate a win during a transition.
One participant felt his harmony would help him to celebrate. This is the strength that strives for balance. He thought his harmony would help notice the hurdles and the wins. Thus, keeping himself in balance.
A woman in the group felt her problem solving strength of restorative would be her eyes for success. Restorative enjoys solving problems. Her plan is when she’s actually unlocked a problem she would pause and do a little mini celebration of her accomplishment.
Another person felt her powerful analytical strength would be her guide for celebration. She recognized that she measures success by numbers and noticing details. Her focus on specific metrics moving forward would be her opportunity to celebrate.
Lastly, one participant recognized that his power of empathy would be the key to the pause and celebration. He is hard wired to recognize other people emotions. Yet, when he learned to focus that strength on his emotions he could pay attention to the joy, energy, happiness and feelings of thriving on his journey. These would be his indicators that it was time for a celebration.
The conversation among the participants also opened everyone’s eyes to the value of having a team of people to help sustain us and celebrate with us during a transition. I have found people who adopt a personal board of directors often are the most successful at strategizing, hitting milestones, finding people to collaborate and recognizing progress and wins.
What strength will help you celebrate and notice your wins during a transition?
If you want to learn more about Third Half Programs, consider exploring our summer workshops. We will be offering an abbreviated workshop to accommodate people’s summer plans.