Editor’s Note: Dr. Patti Mason wrote this week’s blog to remind us to celebrate your milestones throughout your dissertation journey. We can forget to celebrate the small things we do. When we neglect to acknowledge our milestones and achievements, however small they may seem, we miss a great opportunity to be encouraged to take another step towards a new milestone.
We experience milestones every day, but most are unnoticed or celebrated. Some people have mini milestones that help them to reach major ones. These mini milestones are very important, especially if you have a long way to go. Breaking down a large goal into mini goals helps make it achievable.
Celebrate the Big and Small
Always acknowledge the actions you take toward your goal every day. Then, setup longer term milestones with larger rewards. It is our sustained efforts that will ultimately lead to your final goal. Are you thinking that you cannot afford to reward yourself?
There are endless no-cost/low-cost ways to celebrate milestones that are not too expensive or time consuming. In my doctoral journey, I chose to mark my milestones with different things. For example, when I completed my weekly writing goals, I went out to dinner or my family cooked.
For halfway completing my weekly writing goals, I had a good soak in a hot tub for stress relief. A soak in the tub helped me to recharge my batteries and stay on track to do better next time.
Dreams and Joy
Celebrating every milestone is important to your dissertation efforts. Celebrating reaffirms your dream. It keeps you looking at how far you have come, not how far you have to go.
The trick to celebrating every milestone is finding out how you want to celebrate and remember your achievements. Doctor Bessie reminded me often to celebrate every win! As we set goals to advance our personal, academic and professional growth, we are frequently wonder how to sustain our motivation toward our goals.
You might notice when we are working toward a challenging goal and facing sacrifice after sacrifice, self-discipline becomes a problem. So we need to inject some joy into the process to keep ourselves motivated and reinforce the value of our goals. We celebrate!
We break our large goals down into smaller, obtainable and appropriate milestones and make plans to reward ourselves when they are achieved.
Pat on The Back
Every day take action toward your goal. Start today by giving yourself a pat on the back for your progress thus far, even if that progress just consists of you reading an article and planning your next steps.
Then break down your goal into smaller milestones. Choose your rewards and start working toward them! Of course, the ultimate reward will be the completion of your final goal.
Enjoy the little rewards to help you fuel the sustained inspiration, motivation and efforts that will ultimately bring you to that final reward!
Every achievement in life is worth celebrating.
~~~Dr. Patricia Mason~~~