10 Tips – Celebrating Success & Acheiving It


Cleaning my office is often a delightful journey of the milestones of my life.  Favorite books I’ve read, articles I had published, projects long forgotten, and many ‘firsts’ I experienced on the way. This week I stumbled upon the handout for my first paid speaking engagement!  As I paged through my speaker notes I am struck at how much I have changed and grown in the last six years, but how at the core I am the same person desiring to share the best of myself with the audience and nervous how it will all be received…

Celebrating Success! (delivered December 13th 2007 at Principal Financial Group -speaker notes outline)

Learn to ‘toot your own horn’

    • Success comes in little chunks along a committed journey, so celebrate success every step of the way
    • Celebration is the fuel for our next journey

When your days are full, but there is no fullness to your days it is a symptom the system is broken.

    • Plans are great, but even in the absence of a detailed plan you have to take a first step and commit to the process
    • If you are at a loss of a ‘best next step’ consider working on your: communication/public speaking; writing skills; finding your purpose; leadership; networking and building influence
    • Get a notebook and use it!  Notebooks are great for: organizing thoughts; capturing ideas when creativity strikes; logging ideas for projects; tracking goals; journal gratitude; writing down quotes of inspiration; follow up list…there are no rules for your notebook, except you have to use it!
    • Make time to read, it will change your life.  Six out of ten people don’t read on a regular basis after their school years.  Read three books on a topic and you will be perceived as expert on that topic.
    • People make ALL the difference.  Find a mentor…form a mastermind.

 Successful goals are realistic, stretch us, and are fun to achieve.

    • When goals are fun, we stick with them.  Make every effort to make it fun.
    • Reflecting on the journey often reveals purpose and clear vision.  Action precedes understanding.
    • Never give up!  Always get up one more time that you get knocked down.

Shawna Beese-Bjurstrom, RN, MBA lives in Spokane, WA with her family where she is an Executive/Business Coach.  She writes on issues such as healthcare strategy, operational excellence, communication, and leadership.  I invite you to  check out my blog!

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