CELEBRATE THE RESULTS: IT'S AN ABUNDANCE THING!
Strappy red heels are on.
Shoulders glow with a splash of glitter.
Laughter swirls through the air just as joyously as music.
Everybody loves a party. The celebration is how we honor the best moments of life. Yet beyond the fun of snagging that pretty dress from our favorite boutique or dancing into the night with our dearest friends at an electrifying event, a pretty dope phenomenon is happening in our heads as we celebrate.
Hooked on Dope
…dopamine that is.
A pretty cool neurotransmitter brain thingy that tickles our pleasure centers flooding us with feelings of well being and satisfaction. What is super cool is that researchers have found that our anticipation of reward stimulates the pleasure zones much higher than the actual reward itself. Surprising right?! Check it out in this article on dopamine effects on excitability and anticipation.
So what does this mean in silly simple terms? Our brains love all the sensations of celebration, but the anticipation of a party-worthy big victory is what our brains truly crave. In other words, our minds are hard-wired for winning. And to make it clear it is not just the big win itself but the seeking, the pressure or the desire to win that dopamine triggers new studies have shown.
With this in mind, it can be said that failure produces learning while winning produces more winning. The anticipation of reward motivates behaviors to produce more success because it activates our need to seek. By increasing outcome focused behaviors we create more results.
A WORD TO THE WISE
The “celebration” seeking system can be addictive. It’s the sneaky culprit behind so many addictive behaviors including our overindulgence in social media and information hoarding. Creating a balance between seeking and sharing sets us up for truly abundant rewards. Sharing helps us deny preoccupation with activities that steal important time from our day. The desire to hit specific goals should never cost us our connection to our faith, intimate bonds with family or loyal ties to our deepest values.
3 WAYS TO ACTIVATE ANTICIPATION
RAMP UP YOUR BELIEF...I MEAN BELIEVE EVERYTHING!
This practice fills your heart with hope. You’ll literally be ready to receive just about anything from a parking spot on the busy side of town, to extra cash for household, to an invitation to deliver a keynote talk at a mega conference.
CELEBRATE THE RESULTS BEFORE YOU SEE THEM
Why wait for the after party dance now! See yourself getting good news. Imagine the outcomes while you’re knee deep in doing the work. Just dance, dance, dance.
HONOR ANY SUCCESS NO MATTER THE SIZE OR SIGNIFICANCE
My number one mindset practice is tracking results. Write them in a journal, snap pics or share in a post. It’s incredible how our minds will downplay accomplishments stealing confidence to do more. Honoring work done validates us and propels us toward bigger wins.
So go ahead and celebrate all the good stuff you’ve done no matter how long ago you did it. Make it a habit of shouting about the small and big moves you are making in your personal, spiritual and business life. Get ready for more doors of opportunity to open for you.
Tell us in the comments below: What do you do to celebrate your successes?
Wanda Lovale is temperament coach, speaker and biblical teacher with over 18 years experience in healthcare and ministry. A frappucino connoisseur by day and quiet girl coach by night she excitedly helps ladies of the introverted persuasion learn to share the power of their personal story with a style just as unique as their message.