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Celebrating Your Own Success: What’s Your One Shining Moment?

Celebrating Your success--What's Your One Shining Moment

If you’re a US college basketball fan, you’ve no doubt heard the song One Shining Moment.

It’s traditionally played at the end of the NCAA tournaments, accompanied by action-packed and emotion-filled clips of the competition’s players, coaches, and fans.

“That one shining moment, you reached for the sky–
One shining moment, you knew–
One shining moment, you were willing to try. . .”

Words & Music: David Barrett, Hodges Song Supply/ASCAP | Never heard it?

Heck, my eyes are tearing up just thinking about it. It’s a heart-wrencher, all about inspired work, inevitable failure, and hard won success.

You and I do inspired work, have inevitable failure, and experience hard won success in our lives, too.

But no one plays “One Shining Moment” in my office.

Yours? I didn’t think so.

Maybe they should.

Here’s what I know from talking to my clients and colleagues: we need to be celebrating success more often, more openly, and with more confidence than ever.

Why We Avoid Celebrating Success

My bet is that you’ve recently had one —or many—shining moments.

But you may not have recognized them. And you probably didn’t celebrate them.


My guess is that you didn’t celebrate because you needed to move on to the next thing. You checked the “done” item off your “do” list, and set your focus forward.

We’re painfully aware of what’s left to do. But focusing on the undone gets in the way of honoring the done—the thing that needs appreciation, attention, and celebration right now.

Revisiting Our Ideas About Celebrating Success

So what if you tried something different?

What if, instead of taking every day’s success for granted, you placed it in your hand, looked it over, and gave it a congrats?

Need ideas? What about:

  • The meeting where you made a useful comment on a new idea or project;
  • Getting the project plan started even though you don’t have all the steps in place yet (starting is always worth celebrating);
  • Scheduling the conversation with your boss, colleague, client that you know you need to have;
  • Turning away from your computer and phone and giving your colleague your full attention when they needed your help;
  • Reminding yourself about your longer-term health goals, and so passing up the workplace candy bowl/birthday cake/happy hour to keep on your fitness path;
  • Not losing your cool when your client reschedules the meeting—again;
  • Making a hard decision about how to streamline your priorities (help here)
  • Delivering the work you promised exactly as you promised (psst–not everyone does this);
  • Starting to network while you work so you can keep up with what’s happening in your industry, profession, or community;
  • Smiling and sending good energy to people you see wherever you are—the mailroom, the airport, the parking lot, etc.

Want more ideas? Read my Five Things to Start Celebrating here.

YOUR TURN: What’s your shining moment? Let’s add to this list and start celebrating success today.  Tell us on Facebook or just email me here.

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