Over lunch the other day, my husband asked, as he often does, about where I am in the process of publishing my book.
I’d been learning about book cover design, format specifications, pricing, distribution, and much more about self-publishing. There was so much to learn.
The process had been tedious and overwhelming at times. I joked, “And I thought writing a book would be the hard part.”
He said, “That was hard. It was a huge accomplishment.”
I gave him a look that must have said, “Yeah, but….”
Meaning, yeah, but I’m still not done. Until I get it out into the world, it’s still a work in progress and I haven’t really done anything.
He says he can’t read my mind, but I think he did because then he said, “You’ve come a long way. What are you doing to celebrate your accomplishments?”
His question caught me off-guard. When I finished my first draft March 2017, we celebrated with a special dinner and he bought me a congratulations plant, but that was over a year ago.
Now I’m nearly ready to publish and get it out into the world. I’m almost to the finish line. And in my mind, until it’s published I haven’t really accomplished anything.
“I haven’t done anything,” I said.
He disagreed. “You’ve done a lot to get you to this point. It’s important to celebrate your accomplishments.”
My husband manages projects for a living and he’s very good at it. He explained that one of the ways to continue positive momentum in a project, especially a long, tedious, labor-intensive one, is to celebrate the milestones along the way.
It’s a way to reflect on what you’ve learned and how far you’ve come.
Of course, he has a point.
There’s so much to learn and so much to do. It can be overwhelming at times.
I can see how even a small celebration before pushing forward to the next step can help refresh the spirit. If nothing else, it helps to recognize the incremental growth and progress toward the end goal.
And big projects (training for a long run, losing X amount of weight, starting a business, finishing school, and the like) don’t happen all at once. They’re done incrementally, little by little.
Little by little, a little becomes a lot. Tanzanian Proverb
We celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, Valentines Day and Star Wars Day. Why not make a point of celebrating our personal growth and accomplishments?
Makes sense to me.
I believe it’s important to trust the process.
So, I resolve to make celebrating accomplishments an important part of my process.
Thanks to my husband for the lesson and, as always, recognizing and supporting me and my accomplishments even when I don’t.