“Specific is Actionable” is a statement I make to clients regularly regarding their business plans. Not only is specific actionable, but it is measurable and achievable. It is rewarding to see the fruits of our labour. Meeting our specific major milestones should make us want to celebrate.
When our businesses get busy (which likely goes hand in hand with meeting our goals for sales and growth), we can forget to reflect on where we have come from compared to what we have grown the business to be. Highlighting our successes for ourselves and others will motivate us to define new goals, take the business further and give ourselves credit where credit is due.
The Big Things: Reward Yourself
When we think of big business, we sometimes picture big rewards. We imagine that top sales people are going to big conventions, being sent on trips and being given bonuses. While this may only sometimes be a reality, and many big businesses keep a close eye on their spending for rewards, you may consider treating yourself to something big. You would never want to make a financial decision that would hurt your business, but if you can afford it, and you have had a recent really big “win” in your business, maybe a trip or a new toy is just what you deserve.
The Small Things: Reward Yourself and Challenge Others
Recognition of yourself, your business partner or team can be very motivating. Thank-you notes, recognitions at team meetings, a pat on the back at the dinner table for a member in your family business will cost virtually nothing. You may need to make a conscious effort to remember to say something to recognize another person, but it is well worth the time. I have worked in organizations that do regular “10 at 10” style meetings where people on a team gather for only 10 minutes at 10:00 in the morning to talk about recent success and share objectives with one another for their coming workday.
The Things In-between: Focus on Family
You may have worked a lot of extra hours or neglected some time with your family to reach your goal. It may be time to reward yourself by taking some time back.
In my household, my wife and I had an agreement that we would go out for dinner each time I won a new project for my business over a certain size. This was a great way for me to reconnect with my family after putting some extra effort into the business and I was able to let her in on my achievement so that we could celebrate together.
Keeping a journal or photographs of your business through the years can be a great way to reflect on your growth and be inspired for the future.
What do you do to celebrate your successes?
Starting this fall the consultants at the Small Business Centre have set a goal to celebrate the success of as many of our past clients as we can. If you have been a client of the Small Business Centre and consider yourself a “Success Story”, please contact our office. We’d love to hear from you.
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