Something that I have tended to do is not stop and celebrate my achievements. I’m prone to forgetting to stop and smell the roses. For the longest time I took everything I did for granted. I assumed that everybody could do what I do, only better. I failed to stop and think about what I had done and enjoy the moment.
In objective terms, that made me minimise my own creativity and it’s power to amaze others. What it made me do is undersell my own work, to not share it as readily and to undermine my own confidence and motivation to create. Those are bad things.
My very wise life coach put a stop to all that. She told me that it was very important to mark one’s own achievements. Heaven knows that the world is more than likely going to ignore them, so take some joy and pride in those milestones. It doesn’t hurt to remind yourself that you ain’t half bad.
So, the celebration doesn’t have to be very ostentatious. It’s better, I think, if it isn’t. I like to celebrate in very personal ways. One thing I love is dark chocolate, but too much sugar is a bad thing. Luckily and by sheer chance, I recently found this:
OK, it costs twice as much as other dark chocolate bars, but it is 88% cacao, so there isn’t much room left for sugar and you can make a block like this last for more than a week (no really…you can). The really nice thing about this particular celebratory bar is that it doesn’t taste bitter. For a chocolate with this much cacao content, that’s amazing and a testament to the chocolatier’s art.
So if you have something to celebrate and you love chocolate (and all the flavonoids, antioxidants and good things it brings), try this brand.
If you don’t like chocolate (I may conclude you are some kind of alien, but that’s beside the point) then whatever you do, don’t forget to celebrate your own achievements in some small, personal way. It’s more important than I thought.