The importance of celebrating success

By Veronica Merry


Last week my testamur arrived in the mail. As I opened the packet, I couldn’t help but think about all the late night study sessions and all the sacrifices I had made to achieve this qualification – MBA with Distinction. It felt so good to finally have the certificate in my hands that I instantly took a picture and texted it to my husband with the caption ‘let’s celebrate!’.


Now we have a four-year-old daughter and our babysitters live an hour or two away - so our idea of a celebration is buying a really good bottle of champagne and some delicious, fresh seafood and staying in. Our slice of heaven. And as I waited for my husband and daughter to come home that day, I started to think back about on all the assignments and exams I had completed and all the ways I celebrated the achievement of those little milestones along the way.

In fact, I started to look at the achievement of my MBA as a series of mini celebrations (instead of a series of tasks) and I wondered how my peers celebrated their study wins. So I asked around and here were some of the responses:

  • Watch my favourite TV series
  • Go fishing with my son
  • Work out
  • Dinner and drinks with family and friends
  • Sleep
  • Play team sport
  • Lunch with the girls
  • Get a massage
  • Doing craft
  • Read a book for pleasure
  • Buy myself a nice bunch of flowers
  • Garden
  • Have a long bubble bath.

It really made me realise how we all celebrate differently and how important it is to find the time to stop and celebrate in order to regain the motivation to keep going.


And sometimes the celebrating isn’t just for you… it’s for the people that supported you through the achievement of your goal. After all, my family and friends experienced the highs, the lows, and supported me through it all. Taking the time to stop and spend time together doing something fun was my way to recharge, take stock of my learning and regain motivation. In fact, it was probably the most important factor that enabled me to keep moving towards my goal and the achievement of my MBA.

So for those of you who are currently working hard at achieving your goals in- consider factoring in little celebrations after you complete a milestone. It may make all the difference to finally reaching your overall goal.


How do you celebrate your successes?

Photo credit: Alejandro Scaff via Unsplash.

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Veronica Merry (MerryCoach) is passionate about helping people and organisations learn, adapt and evolve to achieve their vision. Veronica has over 17 years’ experience in designing and delivering learning programs across a broad range of disciplines including organisation development, change management, leadership and performance development, mentoring and coaching.  Contact Veronica to help you design and deliver your next organisational development program.


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