Terry R. Yoffe, Career Coach –TRY Coaching – Power of Celebration
It seems that at every holiday season the word celebration comes into focus with even greater clarity and awareness than any other time of the year. As I thought about the message that I wanted to convey with the Power of Celebration, I wondered what celebration would look like if you shifted your usual meaning of the word and explored what it would be like to celebrate your life on a daily basis.
As you read on, please keep in mind that celebrate also means praise, rejoice and enjoy.
Oprah Winfrey’s simple one liner aptly sums up celebrating life: “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”
Imagine how your interaction at work would be if acknowledging and praising others were routine, and team building and inclusiveness replaced exclusivity and negativity. How would that affect your company’s performance and productivity in the workplace? And how would that affect you as both the provider and the recipient of positive interactions from your peers, subordinates and management?
As an executive and communications coach, I see firsthand how many clients, who are in a management role, never think of praising or celebrating themselves or their staff. As we delve into the coaching process, it becomes apparent that praising and acknowledging just isn’t part of their mindset. However, when clients begin to see how important it is to acknowledge people and they start to do so, the reactions are positive.
We all know about celebrating the joys and successes of our life but what would life be like if you could celebrate even in difficult times when it doesn’t look like there is much to celebrate? Perhaps you’ve lost your job, ended a long relationship, or been in transition and it turned out to be not much fun; what can you do to reframe these seemingly unhappy situations so that you can still stand in the perspective of celebration? For many clients, this is a very uncomfortable place and to reframe this place, takes courage, strength and perseverance.
As difficult as it may be to accept a problem, our own history tells us that “We learn more from our failures than our successes.” That doesn’t mean you would look forward to a failure, but it does mean that you should embrace a failure and celebrate your new learning. It is these understandings that can provide a better place from which to grow.
What perspective are you standing in as you answer these questions?
• What did you learn from a difficult experience?
• How has it helped you grow?
• How can you celebrate the gains and accomplishments in your life?
How can you praise and celebrate your life on a daily basis and what would that truly look and feel like? And, how would it change your perspective of yourself, your situations and how you show up in the world?
The word choice comes to mind. At any given moment you can choose to step into a life of celebration by choosing to praise and celebrate your life. Then opening the lens wide you are able to include everyone else, thereby having more in life to celebrate!