In life, we reach important milestones: turning 16 or 21, graduating from school, getting married, etc. Once the event has passed, however we move on quickly. Others arrive with a bang and we are elated for a number of days/weeks before the glow wears off. A few days ago I had such a milestone and the glow is still resonating.
Receiving recognition from our peers after a period of hard work is so rewarding and can be regarded as a milestone. Recently, I received the “Member of the Year” award from the National Speakers Association Colorado Chapter and I was overjoyed to say the least. I wasn’t working to get the award, and it was great just to be nominated. I felt that others were more qualified to receive it than me, so I hadn’t prepared anything to say.
Being a speaker and finding myself in the spotlight where I couldn’t find the words to thank the Chapter, I felt foolish as I stumbled along trying my best to accept the award with the gracious humility that it required. For the next few hours as many of us went out for dinner, I was congratulated by people whom I hold in high regard, and it felt so good. They had been doing this type of work much longer than me, and knew the milestone I had achieved was important to my growth.
This milestone had a feeling of arrival. Now I could move on to the next phase of building a career in this exciting industry. I love speaking and telling stories of my life where lessons can be learned by others to advance their lives. There is no greater feeling of joy to me than when I see an audience get the lesson I’m teaching and the lights go on. Giving back in this fashion makes me happy and fulfilled.
Don’t pass your milestones without some recognition and celebration. Revel in your success. Use it as a stepping stone to reach new heights in your life. There are new things to accomplish, achieve and succeed at, so hold onto that wonderful, warm feeling, make a sense memory of it so you can revisit it often, and push on to more exciting times in your life.
Anyway you look at it, it’s just one humble man’s opinion.
“Everything you desire is just outside your comfort zone.”