Sinterklaas, Santa Claus, New Years Eve. There it is again. The festive season. Love it or hate it. It’s happening anyways. So it might be a good idea to take a moment and think about how you can turn this season into a booster for a creative new year. Worth trying, right?
Don’t keep postponing celebration until you feel you have achieved ‘enough’.
No, do it wherever you are now. So you can start to experience the benefits.
How? Read the 5 ways to celebrate and decide what would work for you at this moment.
1. Openly enjoy the applause
Performers rehearse in advance how they will receive the applause. How to bow, smile, hold hands or not. Because receiving applause gives them what they need to keep on going in good spirits. So maybe this is a good practice for you too. How can you openly receive and enjoy appreciation? (“Nice dress!” “Yes, I love it too, thanks”)
2. Enhance the celebratory moments in your community
Every organization or community has moments for celebrating. The most famous ones are the Friday-afternoon-drinks, Christmas or anniversaries. Great, nothing wrong with that! But most of these are so habitual that they lose their meaning and so miss the effect. How can you make these festivities into moments of receiving and appreciation? A well-prepared speech or some spontaneous storytelling can already make the difference.
3. Letting others share in your success
…so you can multiply it and enjoy it even more. Maybe you’d like to organize something extra for your favorite clients, give some free stuff away or support another entrepreneur.
4. See people enjoying the fruits of your work
The actor has his audience right in front of him and can’t get around them. But a lot of entrepreneurs hardly see their clients (and especially not the happy ones). So sometimes you need to actively connect with them. Even just sending out a feedback form will do. Or organizing a client event, doing a tour to visit some in their natural habitats or making a mini-documentary. Sounds like fun.
5. Applause for others you appreciate
Last, but not least… Give what you want to receive. Do you give appreciation to the people that inspire or help you? No? Write your favorite author an email, leave a stunning review at that great webshop or retweet that line that makes your day.
So. What tiny thing can you do this celebration season to receive and appreciate what is creating great things for you in the new year?