Let The Celebration Begin!

party-balloonsDo we all celebrate often enough?

There are family milestones, birthdays, graduations, and more. There are friends who are visiting from out of town. There are events which take place at work. Do we take the time and effort to celebrate each of these or not?

It my purpose in discussing this topic to say celebrating goes a long way to make everyone involved feel better about life, to enjoy the moment. The participation in a celebration brings family members closer together, creates bonds for greater team building at work, binds friends through a tighter relationship. There should be not one single thread of guilt around celebrating!

One has to almost live in a cave not to be impacted in one form or another multiple times a day with negative news. News feeds come across your handheld device, when traveling it is right there on the TV monitor at the restaurant or on the airline seat in front of you on the nine inch monitor. The exposure to a constant negative news story becomes an addiction. Once we hear the initial headline we then must hear more. We want to hear – “The Rest of The Story”!

There are numerous people who are close to me – they have declared themselves free of the news media and news in general. They often ask me, “why don’t you do the same, cut the cord! Who needs that crap?”

My response is always the same, “For the work that I do, I must, as in, I must remain aware of what is going on in the business world, the local community, nationally and internationally. It is not even a thought for me to consider not having an awareness of what is going on.”

Their next response always floors me, “It will only drag you down, you don’t need to know all of this stuff as you think you do!”

The point here is not to go find a cave to live in! Instead choose to counteract the negative news by creating celebrations around the positive things which are taking place all around us each and everyday. Intentionally seek out reasons to create celebrations.

It is not about spending a huge amount of money. For example – certain companies are well known for having a huge event which costs a good amount of money. In the NY Metro Area one of these companies is Bloomberg. They have an end of summer extravaganza which is amazing! Everyone is not able to celebrate like they do at Bloomberg (the annual budget for this event would be a nice win on a lottery ticket).

A celebration can be a group singing around a campfire one evening. Consider the event and the people who will be involved and make it more about them than about the amount of money to spend. It is time for me to ask you – what type of celebrations will you consider adding to your list of celebrations to be held this year?

Mitch Tublin is a business consultant, an advanced and certified executive and personal coach and a leadership development expert who resides in Stamford, CT.

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Celebrate Your Way to Success in Business and Life

Business SuccessThe Presidential Inauguration was an event across a few days earlier this week. There was the formal swearing in, a dinner and event, the ceremonial swearing in and speeches in front of thousands and millions by Television and internet. Various entertainers sang patriotic music and then there were dinners and balls to attend. A true celebration.

  • What do you celebrate?
  • Why is celebration important?
  • What if we extend the reasons to celebrate?

What do you celebrate?

Many people will say they celebrate birthdays, weddings, a new baby being born. Holidays such as Thanksgiving or Christmas are often mentioned as family celebration events. These are all important events to have celebrations. What else do you celebrate? A graduation possibly or winning a championship in a sport.
Why is celebration important?
It is necessary to celebrate with those you are close to in your family or friends, as these celebrations are a break from the normal routine of life we all get into. It is a way of reducing our stress and relaxing with those we are close to. A celebration planned gives everyone an event to look forward to attending and participating in.

What if we extend the reasons to celebrate?
What if when milestones are reached at work these became a cause for a celebration? What if the business goals for a specific quarter or month became the reason to have a celebration?  This might become a team building and team bonding activity.
This is not to say a celebration has to be a $150 a plate dinner outing. Everything is relative. The celebration does not have to become a formal event. It might be more of a rewarding celebration if it were an informal event. A celebration might be a catered lunch brought into the office as an example. The point is to show achievement. Hold up the importance of reaching the milestone or goal by the date intended. Keep the conversation at the celebration off of the business, or create an atmosphere by playing music. Set a tone of celebration and happiness not a business meeting.

In summary, review your business plans and goals. See where it makes sense to create an event or a celebration based upon reaching a big goal by a specific date or hitting a target milestone in the business. Let people know you are planning to do this when this takes place. Have fun with it. You may find this works out so well that you will want to create more reasons to celebrate.

Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified personal and executive coach who lives in Stamford, CT.