“Appreciation gives you a sense of happiness.” – Clare Davis
2023 presented numerous challenges for many managers.
Do we have the energy to keep going?
At the start of every year, we are told to set our goals and what we want to achieve in life.
Before diving into the resolutions for the upcoming year, take a moment to appreciate the journey and successes of 2023. Despite the difficulties, acknowledge what you have managed to achieve during these tough times.
Think about the last time you went to a celebration. It may have been a family celebration to mark a big birthday or anniversary. How did you feel? What was the atmosphere like?
There are so many reasons why celebrating makes us feel good. Here are a few:
- Celebration lifts us up. Celebrations bring joy and laughter, triggering the release of happy hormones.
- Celebration fosters togetherness. It unites people, be it family, friends, or colleagues, in a shared moment of happiness.
- Celebration gives us something to look forward to. We have an occasion booked in our diary. This brings enthusiasm into our lives.
You may be thinking, “What is there to celebrate? The last year has been dreadful…”
Yes, it’s been tough for many of us, but let’s look at the little things we can appreciate. There are so many:
- We have got through the year.
- We have managed to deal with loads of change.
- We have found different ways to work, being innovative.
You might want to document these achievements and changes. What positive transformations have occurred? What actions have you taken that might not have happened without the challenges of 2023?
Think of ways you can celebrate these things.
Who do you want to celebrate with?
Now that you’ve celebrated your accomplishments, you can face the New Year with renewed enthusiasm!
As 2024 unfolds, set a goal that you can realistically maintain. Be involved in greater opportunities for growth and learning.
Consider joining my Positive Intelligence® Programme, a 7-week online programme that will equip you and your managers with the skills to confidently lead their teams so that they have greatly improved outcomes without feeling depleted at the end of every day.