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Brother of the Witch is here, my 20th book! Must be time to celebrate . . .
There was a time when I didn’t celebrate my writing successes regardless of the size of the achievement. You see, growing up in my family, success was not celebrated. Ever.
A quick example:
I was the first person in my immediate family to get into university (yay!). Most of my family did not come to watch me graduate. None took me out to celebrate afterwards. Not even my parents.
The message I received from this, and other instances throughout my life, was that my achievements were not a big deal. As such, it was never my basic instinct to celebrate. It didn’t matter if it was a small or large success, either. I let every type pass by without acknowledgment.
Do you do the same?
That changed when something dream-changing happened . . .
The night I signed my first publishing contract, my now ex-husband (but still best friend) took me out for a celebratory dinner (Thanks, Johnny!). I remember feeling so proud and happy during that dinner. That was the first inkling I had that it might be important to celebrate success.
The feeling grew with each moment I acknowledged, whether it was something “small”, like my 20th book being published, or “big”, like a new publishing contract. I now know that this is a necessity for you, too.
Here are the five reasons you need to celebrate your success:
#1. Self-esteem, self-love, and confidence.
The act of celebration has been shown to release endorphins. As such, it makes you feel good about yourself. This promotes self-esteem, self-love, and confidence within yourself. Isn’t that what everyone wants? Celebrating your success is a simple way to achieve these things.
#2. It generates a success mindset.
By focusing on the things you’ve achieved, you are creating what is known as a “success mindset”. If you know anything about positive psychology or even the so-called Law of Attraction, then you know that the things you focus on impact your life in positive and negative ways. Why not pay attention to the good stuff?
#3. It develops an “attitude of gratitude”.
By being grateful for the achievements in your life, you stop dwelling on the negative. You move your thoughts from "what I haven't achieved" to "look what I've done"! It shows you how much you have to be thankful for, and reinforces your success mindset and positive psychology.
#4. Motivation and encouragement.
I suggest you keep a list of your successes and equivalent celebrations. This list will give you a boost of encouragement at those times you might slip into self-pity or when you feel like nothing is happening. It can also motivate you to bigger and better things.
#5. Inspiration – for yourself and others.
Celebration shows you, as well as others, what’s possible if you believe in yourself and dare to act in rhythm with that belief. It can act as inspiration for the future, for both you and others. And, it "gives permission" to those who are hesitant about going after their goals.
All of these are solid reasons for marking your achievements in some manner. It doesn’t matter how you do it, and it doesn’t have to be lavish and public (though, it can be). As long as it is special and memorable for you, that’s all that matters.
Unfortunately, with recent events in the world, my celebration of Brother of the Witch’s release was delayed. But now that some of the restrictions have been lifted, I’m off!
How do you celebrate your success? Let me know in the comments.
Yours in love, romance books, and celebrating,
A.K. Leigh xxoo
P.S. Ebook and paperback copies of Brother of the Witch can be claimed here.
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About A.K. Leigh
A.K. Leigh is an international-selling romance author, identical triplet, writing instructor, incurable romantic, love guru, self-love advocate, amateur mystic, mother, sometimes blogger and vlogger, and trauma survivor.