July is a special month for me. It’s my birthday month. But it’s also the month that I take myself through my personal “The Mid-Year ReYOU Process”. Between summer, July 4th, my birthday, and this powerful process—one of my favorite self-care tools—I feel fully celebrated by the time July ends. I celebrate freedom. I celebrate life. I celebrate success.
Why is it important to celebrate success?
Summer is a time to swim, picnic, vacation, love, laugh, rest, and celebrate. If you are in a good place in your life right now, celebrating feels natural, effortless, and easy for you. But if you’re not in a very festive mood, celebrating might feel forced, fake, and hard.
The women in my Beacons of Change Inner Circle online sisterhood were divided into two groups when we explored our relationship with celebrations on our last call. Some of them could easily tap into celebration mode because things are working well in their lives right now. For others, it took some effort and intention to shift to a more celebratory place. Either they are facing a physical or emotional challenge, or they felt deeply sad thinking about the immigrant children who were separated from their parents at the U.S. border and other heartbreaking events going on in the world right now.
I took the group through my mid-year review process, and by the end of our call, the energy had shifted tremendously. They all said that they felt more optimistic and celebrated than they had in a long time.
The word “success” might scare you. Maybe it’s much more natural for you to think about areas in your life that need improvement. But just because it’s easier to think about improvement than to celebrate success doesn’t mean that it’s the right thing to do.
When you allow yourself to celebrate success, you realize how far you’ve come, and from that uplifted place, you invite more success into your life.
Whatever you focus on grows. When you focus on improvement and what you could or should do better, you send an energetic message to the universe that says, “I’m not ready for success yet. I need to improve first.” Is this the vibe you want to invite more of into your life? I think not.
Evaluating your personal progress can easily shift from a mode of celebrating success to focusing on future achievements. Let’s change that, beloved, shall we?
The Mid-Year ReYOU Process: Coulda/shoulda/woulda need not apply
The The Mid-Year ReYOU Process process is simple:
Round 1: In your journal or on a piece of paper, write down 10 points of celebration from the first 6 months of your year. 10 bullets of small (or big) wins. Things you’re proud of. Do it quickly. Don’t overthink it. Write down whatever comes up. It should take no more than 5 minutes.
Members of the Beacons of Change Inner Circle wrote things such as:
- I became certified in…
- I changed my job to…
- I completed this program about…
Round 2: Once you’re done writing the 10 celebration points, write 10 more. It will seem hard at first, but really good stuff comes up in this round. Believe me. I see it all the time. Again, no overthinking, and don’t spend more than 5 minutes.
Interesting stuff came up for the women in my group, such as:
- An increased sense of self-love
- A deeper spiritual connection
- Permission to enjoy life more
Round 3: You get the idea, right? Same thing, one last time. This round is when the extraordinary stuff comes up. When you’re done, you won’t believe that you were able to come up with 30 points of celebration for the first 6 months of the year.
How is this process different from similar processes, and how does it help you to truly celebrate success?
Here is the rule: While writing, whenever your inner voice tells you, “Yes, but you could have done better” or “It’s a work in progress,” you scream, “STOP IT!” and you only focus on celebrating your successes. Nothing else!
This intention of only focusing on coming up with things you’re proud of and willing to celebrate raises your vibration, uplifts you emotionally and spiritually, and makes you feel fully celebrated. That’s the key. That’s what makes this process effective. That’s your job. Don’t worry about the next step.
Celebrate the NOW.