Okay, let’s tell the truth. Making dreams come true ain’t easy. The reason all those inspirational underdog-come-from-humiliating-set-backs-to-win-stunning-victories-end-up-a-raging-success-and-get-interviewed-by-Oprah-type movies are so inspirational is because really operatically annoying things happen to the protagonist.
Before they get to enjoy the slow-motion celebration with their friends, family and adoring fans as the ending credits roll, really annoying, like burning rash on your butt-parts annoying things happen first. Overdrawn bank accounts, embarrassing interviews with unimpressed powerful people, screaming matches between business partners with low blood-sugar, 3:00am crises of faith enacted in front of the unforgiving Quicken files . . . yeah, dreams are like, breeding grounds for annoying.
That's why you’ve got to be your own fan; you need to celebrate the hell out of every single step in the direction of your dreams because each one of them is heroic. When it’s 5:00am on a Monday morning and you’re up, writing in your journal instead of burrowing under your pink comforter with your entitled kitties, that’s stupendous; you need to acknowledge it. When your co-worker finds their fourth criticism in the first paragraph of the ten-page proposal for your passion project and you keep in there, listening and breathing and explaining, you’re doing awesome work and need to tell yourself that. When you put $25.00 extra dollars on your credit card payment instead of going to that new movie, you’re a freakin’ hero and totally should be immortalized in bronze in a town-square somewhere.
Celebrating victories is good for a couple reasons:
So do it. Whoop it up for yourself. Maybe the bronze statues might get a little impractical after a while but the accolades and epic poems, the fist-pumps and victory dances? Bring ‘em on! On the magical mystery tour between your dreams and your reality, the throngs of cheering crowds are few and far-between; you’re going to have to get good at cheering for yourself.
What great steps are you taking in your life that you’d like to strengthen through celebration?