Celebration as a Powerful Tool for Growth
It’s June! Woo-hoo!
Yes, I’m excited about it…for a number of reasons.
First of all, my birthday is in June and though I don’t like all of the affects of getting older, I LOVE to celebrate birthdays, mine or not. Secondly, in the northeast, schools will be closing this month. That means that I get to have my kids around a little more. I really love that. And finally, June is a great midpoint to reflect on where I am, where I’ve been, and where I want to be by the end of the year.
This June, I'll also be pivoting my business to engage with my clients more from my sweet spot. In a few weeks, I will launch a new site, new offerings, and new connection opportunities. (I’ll keep you posted on that.)
The preparation process for this rebrand has been a bit grueling…deadlines and missteps, distractions and volumes of “to dos.” When it’s done, I plan to celebrate.
What better way to do that than with a party?!?!
If you didn’t know it, let me be the one to enlighten you: There is tremendous power in celebration.
Why do you think we have at least one celebration every month of the year? Think about it.
Just take a look at June, for instance. Besides my birthday, which is not yet an official holiday, 😉we celebrate Flag Day and Father’s Day according to the western calendar. If you have a calendar that is international, you’d also see the Queen’s Birthday…twice…in New Zealand then in Australia; Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan; and St. Jean Baptiste Day in Canada.
Celebrating does something to us as humans. It satisfies a need in us to connect with others. It can lighten our moods, shift our perspectives, and be a source of tension reflief. It also gives opportunity for priorities to be clarified, progress identified, and purpose galvanized.
Are you like me? Do you have important people in your life that get crowded out of your everyday life-flow because you are busy with a job, spouse, children, service commitments, etc.? When I set time on my calendar to participate in a celebration, I’m communicating, “This is a priority.” Celebration focuses me on what and who are most important.
When I get an Evite for a celebration that someone is having, I make it my business to be there, if I can. Priorities seem to be clarified in the midst of the festivity time.
Without them, many of our connections would fray.
To be honest, I've had my share of seasons when that was happening. I was too tired to do another thing. And that's what social events felt like to me...another obligation. At some point, I had to make a conscious decision to start saying, "Yes" to invitations. My relationships have benefited from the shift.
My mother used to often use the phrase, “You can’t see the forest for the trees.” That idiom drove me bananas because I couldn’t quite get it as a child. Now? I can relate. Sometimes, I am “in the weeds” so much on a project or in a season, that I cannot see the beauty of the garden that I’m cultivating.
Though birthdays and anniversaries celebrate the big annual progress, I've learned that it’s also critical to identify daily the wins in life. It is easy to get stuck in a place where those “trees” loom like redwoods and you cannot see past them. When I acknowledge and celebrate the successes of the day, I create a portfolio of progress that translates into momentum. I’m able to encourage myself and to develop the fortitude to move forward.
An example of a celebrated win…at the close of each day (ok…almost everyday), I identify one thing that I’ve done that required me to be brave. Today, writing this blog is one, by the way.
How does celebration help to galvanize* purpose?
We are "coded" with purpose. Personality, gifting, interests, and passions act in concert to support and reveal purpose. Unfortunately, most of us live life without learning how to read our own code. We've been taught to follow the standardized code written for us. This results in moving through life or seasons of our lives feeling lost or stuck.
Remember The Matrix? Once Neo realized and accepted who he was, he could easily read his purpose and all the code around him...and co-create within it!
Once you master reading and writing your own code, showing up authentically in your world, motivation to act according to your purpose intensifies.
That happens organically when we track and take the opportunity to celebrate our wins, big and small. Patterns emerge. Paths open up. Course corrections become clear. That was my process when deciding how to pivot my business. I was inspired by my own purpose, my unique coding.
My purpose ignited.
All of this, from celebration, Regina? Really?
When celebrating, focus shifts to gratefulness. For a birthday, we are thankful for that person’s birth. For an anniversary, we congratulate based upon the marking of another year. At a funeral, we celebrate a life and its imprint on the world. Used appropriately, celebration draws you into a place of selflessness and peace, which makes priorities, progress, and purpose accessible. The result: Growth. Now, that’s power!
What can you celebrate today?
Until next time…
P.S. Share below how this plays out on your journey. I'd love to hear about it!
*galvanize, v., to shock or excite into taking action; spur.