Every year, the Succeed with ADHD Telesummit is our biggest event (and celebration) here at Coaching for ADHD. I hope you were able to join us as we spent the week with 20 of the world’s best ADHD experts who shared with us some of their best strategies for succeeding with ADHD. My team and I work incredibly long hours to make it all happen starting in early March right up to the telesummit week in July and then it’s nonstop for six solid days. As you can imagine, we are usually completely exhausted on Sunday, but by Thursday we’re onto the next project.
Check. Done. Goal achieved. What’s next? Right?
Wrong! Before we turn the page to next year’s telesummit, there is an important step in the process we want to share with you… Celebration!
Yes…celebrate…to publicly acknowledge (a significant or happy day or event) with a social gathering or enjoyable activity. The act of celebrating is actually a very important step that many of us forget, leave out or never even realize in the first place. We forget to celebrate our achievements! We forget to have fun, rejoice, enjoy or…even make merry!
After working so hard to reach our goals, taking time to celebrate is essential and gives us the opportunity to:
- Capture the learning. When we take stock of what we’ve learned along the way to our goals, we can consciously incorporate those lessons in the future. Basically, it’s making sure we remember what we want to remember so we can build on it in the future.
For us here at Coaching for ADHD, we have a Team Debrief where we go over what went right and what we can improve upon following the telesummit each year. We read the feedback from listeners and see how we can make positive changes for next year.
- Acknowledge our personal resources. In reaching our outcome, we are tapping into various personal resources and strengths, such as courage and persistence. To have others acknowledge us for our success—and to give ourselves credit, as well—is deeply satisfying and necessary. Too often, we miss noticing these qualities in others and ourselves. Recognizing, or having someone else acknowledge our strengths and talents calls us forth to use them even more.
During the Team Debrief after the telesummit, I make sure my team knows their value. How they contributed individually and together to the success of the project. I know I could never do the telesummit without them! In addition, I share feedback with our speakers and sponsors, thanking them and letting them know how their efforts contributed to the success!
- Build a sense of unity or community. Nothing can bond people more than striving toward a common goal and then sharing in the joy of the achievement. Let’s face it…it’s no fun to party alone. If you don’t pause to appreciate the people who helped make it happen, the connection and goodwill created during all that hard work can break down. Your team or family will feel more inclined to go the extra mile in the future if you give them the appreciation they deserve for a job well done.
The Succeed with ADHD Telesummit team goes way beyond my assistants, Meg and Shaun, and myself. It also includes the speakers and sponsors who participated and helped promote the telesummit. My goal is their goal – when they succeed I succeed and together we get to spread ADHD awareness around the globe.
And lest you forget…YOU are perhaps the biggest parts of making the telesummit happen year after year. Yay YOU!! Each time you join us for the calls, listen to the recordings, pay it forward by sharing the telesummit with someone else, send in emails about the positive benefits you are experiencing during the telesummit and support us by purchasing the recordings, you let us know we are all in this together.
- Send a “Thank you, can I have some more” message to the Universe. Pausing to savor and celebrate your successes large and small sends the message out into the Universe that you know how to appreciate this accomplishment in your life and you are ready for more! If you want to be offered the chance again, the easiest way to get it is to celebrate…and then watch the opportunities rain down.
- Have fun! Knowing you get to celebrate in a fun and meaningful way after your goal is achieved is a great motivator. Who wouldn’t be more willing to go through that challenge again if you know you get to make merry and enjoy yourself afterward? Having completed a goal, large or small — one of the best ways to celebrate is to reward yourself with some fun and enjoyment.For some this might include relaxing and pampering yourself (one of my personal favorite ways to celebrate). You deserve it!
There are countless ways to celebrate and savor your successes.
Celebrating is essential but doesn’t have to be expensive or extravagant (unless or course you want it to be). Sometimes even simply taking an hour to yourself for a walk in the sunshine, enjoying a new flavor of tea, sleeping in an extra hour, reading that new bestseller or how about a long awaited talk with an old friend. Whatever brings you a sense of joyous completion is the ticket.
How do you celebrate?
Let me know about your favorite ways to reward yourself for a job well done by sharing your thoughts in the comments area.