Celebrating success is important to anyone's journey. When you are trying to achieve long term goals, if you forget to celebrate along the way, you often burn out. We also must be careful not to celebrate for too long and become complacent with what we have accomplished in the past. It's a delicate balance. This week I was fortunate to participate in a staff retreat at the Bo Jackson Elite Sports Dome. I was introduced to a new word and value they promote. The word and value is "Kaizen", which is the idea of continuous improvement. First off, awesome word. Secondly, what a great value to bring to an organization and to life in general.
This week also kicked off TEDx Hilliard in which I was blessed to be able to coach two amazing people giving talks. They embodied the value of Kaizen along the journey and delivered talks that inspired everyone in attendance. As I was sharing with them my TEDx Hilliard experience from when I spoke a year before, I emphasized what I called, "The 24 Hour Rule". I said no matter how well or how poorly you think your talk goes, you have 24 hours to celebrate or grieve and move on. After giving my talk, I found myself days later being negative about my delivery, or forgetting small segments of my talk, or projecting a vibe of insecurity when others asked about it. I realized this wasn't helping anyone and I needed to learn from my experience, be grateful, and move on to the next challenge. I gave myself 24 hours to get it out of my system and then I refocused my energy and efforts. It was amazing the way I felt after a simple change in mindset utilizing The 24 Hour Rule.
So as you head into the weekend, reflect on The 24 Hour Rule. What is something you have been celebrating or holding on to that perhaps has caused you to become complacent? What areas of your past are still negatively affecting the way you think, feel, and behave today? Give The 24 Hour Rule a shot and embrace the idea of Kaizen to improve yourself and others around you each day!