Just before we all went on holiday break, Team Red Carpet had a full-day virtual meeting to decide on our goals for the coming year! The agenda began with, as always, a positive focus. In this case, we reviewed all of our accomplishments in the past year. As I prepared for the meeting, I gave a great deal of thought to this and created a PowerPoint to share it with my team.
This exercise alone had me in happy tears. You see, I have a tendency to focus so hard on where we want to go that we forget to take a moment to celebrate how far we’ve come. Can you relate?
Celebrating successes with your team is a significant way to improve morale and reinforce organizational culture. When you focus only on what’s not working, meeting deadlines and the day-to-day, without taking time to reflect back on all the great stuff you’ve done people can become disengaged, feel uninspired and unappreciated.
On the other hand, when you take time to celebrate and remind yourself and your team the progress you’ve made and the positive impact you have on customers and the company, it can motivate you all to keep going even when times are tough!
During our meeting, I asked the team to contribute their recollections for what went well and it was a terrific way to begin a full day of planning. Later, recalling the experience with my friend Rolinda, she gasped and said: “That’s your Gratitude Movie!” YES!! You see, Rolinda and I both have Mind Movies. It’s like a vision board, but in a film version and set to music. It’s something I watch daily to remind me of my goals. The idea of a Gratitude Movie, though, inspired me! So…with the help of our Maestro of Organization and Imagination David Mendes, we put together a film version of some of our celebrations from the past year! We watch it to remind ourselves WHY we do what we do, and how far we’ve come…even as we strive to do more.
So, my question to you is what would be in your gratitude movie? Have you taken the time to list and celebrate your accomplishments from the past year? Perhaps, before you launch into any new initiatives, programs, or new goals, you could take a moment to remind yourself and your team how far you’ve come and all the good you’re doing in the world.
You can create a movie, as we did, or simply sit in a circle and share stories of celebration. Start now by commenting below and telling us one thing you accomplished last year. We want to celebrate with you!