Celebrate Your Way to Success (Newsletter Vol 2 Issue 1)

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Volume 2 Issue 1, September 21, 2009
Celebrate Your Way to Success
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Happy Anniversary!
Celebrate Your Way to Success
Upcoming Workshops!
Contact Me
About this Newsletter

Happy Anniversary!

Welcome to the One Year Anniversary of the Live A Better Life Newsletter! This issue marks the beginning of our second year! Thank you for subscribing.

And what could be more fitting as we celebrate our anniversary than an article on how to Celebrate Your Way to Success? That is the focus of this issue.

Don’t miss my new workshops in and around Chicago in September and October. I’d love to see you there.

Have a great day!

Lori Howard
Life, Career, and Business Coach
Your Coach for a Better Life!

Celebrate Your Way to Success

Recently, I delivered a new workshop, and a friend took me out afterward. And in my head I was running through the ideas of things I wanted to fix, to correct, or to improve for next time. At the same time, she was saying, “Let’s celebrate your fabulous workshop! Name something you’re excited about that happened tonight.” I stopped, and thought, this is what I encourage my clients to do all the time. Stop, acknowledge your successes, big and small, and celebrate. So I set aside my list of things to fix, and we named five things I was excited about, and then toasted each one. (Me with my hot cocoa, and she with a glass of wine.)

Those of us working hard to create a life we love, really willing to do whatever it takes to get the life we want and live out our purposes, we also often need to be reminded to stop, take a breath, and celebrate!

I’m convinced that most of us haven’t a clue how to celebrate our own accomplishments – large or small. We hope that other people will congratulate us, even launch a celebration on our behalf. And so we wait, and are disappointed, more often than not, when our accomplishments are not acknowledged. We may even look on with envy when our friends or coworkers are celebrated, and we feel overlooked. But things don’t have to stay this way; we can do something about it.

We can learn to cheer at our own achievements in a way that truly acknowledges our efforts. Keep in mind that with celebration, as with other things in life, the small stuff counts. You don’t need to throw a big blow-out party in your honor, although that can be fun. I’m talking about really acknowledging the action steps you take every day, celebrating the victories and successes you have along the way.

If you want to develop a habit of success, then you also need to develop the habit of enjoying your success. What better way to enjoy living a successful life than celebrating along the way? When you finish sending out those resumes, have worked out for a whole week, finished that project, or finally had that discussion with your spouse – it is time to stop, take a deep breath, and celebrate you!

Celebrations can be a big deal, but they don’t have to be. You can treat yourself to ice cream, or your favorite cup of tea. You can go to the book store and buy a novel to read or a new journal to write in. Perhaps you call a close friend and just say “Yay me!” Or watch a TV show you enjoy.

The keys to celebration are it must be something you enjoy doing, and something you don’t do all the time. You may share your celebration with others, or you may celebrate alone. Make celebration a priority, and you will inspire those around you to do the same. You will feel acknowledged and energized to pursue more goals and dreams.

So get out and CELEBRATE YOU!

I’d love to hear from you, post your thoughts below!

Upcoming Workshops

I have several new workshops this fall in Chicago for job seekers. Come check them out!
09/26/09: Boost Your Job Search with Effective Networking
10/10/09: Resume Clinic
10/19/09: How to Turn your Passion and Purpose into a Paycheck

Contact Me

I welcome your feedback, comments and questions. Also, if you’re interested in contributing to this Newsletter, email me your submissions.

Tell me what you think about this newsletter by posting a comment below.

website: www.CoachforaBetterLife.com
blog: CoachforaBetterLife.wordpress.com
email: Lori@CoachforaBetterLife.com

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Client Stories

 I was looking to make large changes in my life, both job and city.  I was a happy midwestern resident for nearly 30 years but wanted to see what life on a coast was like and get a dream job.  This was a tall order and going into it I thought I would have to make large compromises on parts of my dreams to get any of it.  

I went to Lori to help me achieve these dreams.  It was the best decision I made.

She focused on two things right out of the gate:
  1. clarify my goals, both personal and professional
  2. get me to stop selling myself short

These twin achievements allowed me to approach my hunt with confidence, patience and focus.  My original dream job was to try and combine my technical joys with a personal one.  I enjoy large scale data processing with cutting edge tools, music and baseball.  Through the tools Lori taught me and helped me unearth in myself I got that gig that would have fallen into day dream territory before our work together.  

And yeah, there's platinum records on the walls of my lobby and I have tons of data to process.

Pat Christopher, Intelligence Engineer, Seattle, WA