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Growth Mindset | A Guide to Celebrating Achievements

Today, I want to dive into a topic that's close to my heart and probably resonates with you too - celebrating achievements.

It probably sounds really simple, but it’s actually something that’s easy to forget… We often get so caught up in our big goals that we forget to look back and see how far we’ve come.

Big or small, there’s something really important about celebrating wins.

The Importance of Celebrating Achievements

Let’s be real, how often do you look past your wins, barely giving yourselves a pat on the back? I know I’m guilty of it. 

We’ve all been there, focusing more on the negatives and letting the positives just slip away. It’s like we are wired to dwell on the one critical comment among a sea of praise. 

We’re always ready to move on to the next thing, which is great - but what about taking a moment to recognize how far you’ve come?

This is especially important when times get tough.

Fostering a Growth Mindset

Developing a growth mindset is no small feat, especially for us adults. 

It’s about recognizing every step we take towards our goals, appreciating our efforts, and yes, celebrating our wins! 

This mindset is crucial for personal growth. It’s how you stay in tune with your achievements and use them as stepping stones to reach higher.

So let’s take a look at a few different ways you can foster a growth mindset.

The Role of Gratitude

Practicing gratitude plays a big role in cultivating a positive and growth-oriented mindset. 

Acknowledging the good around us, appreciating the small wins, and being thankful for the leaps we make in our journey. 

When we practice gratitude, we’re building a strong foundation for positivity and personal development.

Cultivating Positivity Daily

What’s one thing you can do every day to keep things positive?

It doesn’t need to be big, it’s all about taking baby steps and acknowledging your progress, no matter how small it may seem. 

By celebrating tiny wins, we’re feeding our minds positivity, and (guess what) positivity breeds more positivity! 

It’s like a cycle of goodness that propels us forward on our journey of personal growth.

A great example of a daily practice is to write down one thing you’re proud of every day. And this can be as small as going out for a walk, or as big as signing a new client.

Anything counts.

Look At Mistakes As Opportunities

Not everything will go as planned, and that’s simply part of life.

Mistakes will happen and it’s totally ok to get upset about them. Take some time to feel bad about it and acknowledge that it sucks.

Just as it’s not possible to be happy all the time, it’s also not possible to be positive all the time.

And trying to do so will do more harm than good. So here’s your permission to go ahead, and get upset. 

One of my coaches once said, “If it’s not going to matter in five years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes worrying about it”.

Of course, it’s important to look at these ‘mistakes’ as a learning experience.

What went wrong? Why didn’t it work? What can I do differently next time?

It’s very easy to freeze and get stuck when things go wrong, so make sure you are actively thinking about this as an opportunity to do things differently next time.

Acknowledge the mistake and then move on. 

Find Your Community

One amazing way to cultivate this positivity is by finding your community. 

Whether it’s a Facebook group, a circle of friends or family, or a WhatsApp chat, having a safe space to share your wins is super valuable. 

In our community, we even have our weekly “Wednesday Wins” thread - where we all gather to celebrate our accomplishments, however small or big they might be.

Sharing may feel awkward, especially when you don’t think your win is ‘big enough’. 

But trust me, sharing your wins, your progress, is not just about you. 

It’s also about inspiring others, about showing them that every step counts. 

It’s about building each other up and creating a ripple effect of positivity and personal growth.

Learning Mindset & Personal Development

Nurturing a learning mindset and personal development are best friends. 

When we are open to learning, we are acknowledging that there’s always room for growth and improvement. 

And the journey of personal growth is peppered with milestones and achievements that deserve to be celebrated. 

Recognize your progress, no matter how small, and use it as fuel to propel you forward. 

Whether you’ve just completed a module of that course that’s been sitting on your digital shelf forever…

Or had a conversation with someone who taught you something new…

Or simply checked something off your list that you’d been postponing since forever…

Every win is worth celebrating.

Creating Your Sunshine Folder

Have you ever heard of a sunshine folder? 

It’s a simple yet powerful way to capture and revisit your achievements. 

Whenever you receive positive feedback or achieve a milestone, capture it, screenshot it, and tuck it away in this folder. 

On days when things get tough, this folder will be your beacon of light, reminding you of your journey and your growth.

It’ll allow you to see how far you’ve come, to witness your growth, and to find motivation in your journey. 

Your Next Steps

As we wrap up, I challenge you to share a win (small or big) with someone today. 

Whether it’s your partner, a friend or even your child - find someone to celebrate with.

And make this a regular practice. Make every day a celebration of personal achievements and growth!

Join our strong community of +30,000 women who are making their dreams a reality through empowering skills training.

We would love to celebrate with you - join our FREE Facebook Community and share your wins with us! 

About the Author:
Some people look at the sky and see stars; others see constellations. Some people look at lines of code and see a website; Julia saw a path to empower women in building their dreams. As a (former) military wife, self-taught web developer, and lover of location independence, Julia has taught over 3,600 women to say “YES” to any WordPress request, but not only that, “YES” to themselves, and “YES” to creating life on their own terms. Empowering women and seeing others succeed is the biggest motivator for Julia. And so, she created a program to teach others the skills that allowed her to take back control of her life and start living on her own terms.
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