It’s important to live your life on purpose. Not to go through life letting everything happen without taking an active interest, but to have intentions for yourself so you keep developing as a person. When you achieve goals, it’s important to pay homage to them and celebrate the sense of accomplishment it brings.
I am celebrating a big milestone this week myself. I finished all the content for my book/DVD for Tuttle publishing and sent it off earlier this week. I officially started working on this book contract in February this year, developing a few chapters each month, doing hours of writing, photo shoots, etc. Then this past month most of my daytime hours were spent shooting video for the DVD then working with my editor to put it altogether coherently (HUGE thanks to Chris Olson for all his hard work too!). It was very satisfying to put it in the mail and complete the first stage of this massive project.
This year I’ve reached a couple of other milestones other than this. My dojo hit its 5-year anniversary back in January. I also earned the rank of sankyu in Shorinji Kan Jiu-jitsu the other week. With all this accomplished, I decided to do something a little special to celebrate. I got a tattoo of my dojo logo, my own unique design that I created for my dojo back when I first started it. It’s still healing having only gotten this done less than a week ago, but you can see it here on the left.
You don’t have to go so far as to get a tattoo to celebrate a milestone though. You can reward yourself in many ways, like going out for dinner with friends to share in the celebration, you can buy something special, anything as long as it feels good. I think this is an important practice so you don’t just get caught up in the constant cycle of making and achieving goals without ever taking the time to appreciate what they represent.
Over to you: what do you do to celebrate your milestones?