While on your hero's journey you will have some adventures where you will work harder and face more challenges. You will set out on a quest that is almost impossible. You will put in a lot of effort and energy. You will give it your all -- every ounce of your blood, sweat, and tears! You will eventually reach your goal and achieve something you at times thought you'd never conquer.
People in your life are aware that this was a hard adventure and you worked diligently to reach a goal. Finally, you reached this goal and expect that these people would be as excited as you. You will expect them to want to celebrate to the same degree that you want to celebrate.
The thing is, not everyone will be excited for you. Some of these people will be jealous and that you reached a goal that was hard because they know they will never reach that goal. Some of these people will be so caught up in their own lives that they will not even be aware of how hard this goal was and how important it is to celebrate; so they will do nothing but say "hey congratulations."
Hopefully, chances are you will have a few people in your life that will actually be as excited as you are about achieving this goal and be willing to throw you a party, announce it to the world for you, buy you a small token/gift to honor the event, or take you to a special lunch/dinner.
There's also a chance that you will not have anyone in your life that will step up and celebrate this goal you worked so hard to achieve. You must always remember that Fairy Tales do not exist. No one will come to slay the dragons or assure that there is a big feast to celebrate if you are the one that slays the dragon. Therefore, YOU must be your own hero.
So make sure that YOU give yourself the kudos you deserve. Don't wait for someone to celebrate your hard earned goal because this may only lead to disappointment and heartbreak. Take control over your celebration as you took control over earning this achievement!
Here are 3 things you can and should do to give yourself the affirmation you deserve!
1~ Send out your own announcements so you can let everyone know. Some people may perceive that it is bragging if you share with them that you earned a degree, opened a business, started a new career, or won a battle with an illness/injury but don't let that stop you. There is nothing wrong with sharing your accomplishments with the people in your life. Don't post it on a social media post ~~ make it special by sending it via mail!
2~ Reward yourself with something very special and meaningful. Here are a few ideas: a piece of jewelry (special charm, ring, or pendent related to the event), a piece of art work, a plant (something hearty & will last long), a book, or you could even get something pierced or a tattoo. It doesn't have to cost a lot of money it just has to be something tangible so you can keep it forever to remind yourself of the hard work you put into your goal and that you achieved this goal! For example you could collect beads for each goal you reach and a very special bead for major achievements and keeps these on a string.
3~ Take some quiet time alone to reflect on your hard work and achievement. This can be sipping a glass of wine, beer, or even coffee. You can do this alone at your favorite restaurant, outside at a park, or at your own kitchen table. Reflect on how much effort you put into this goal and how you finally reached the end destination. Say to yourself "I'm so proud of you~~ you did it!" Take as long as you need to soak in all what you have done and then start thinking of your new goals. Remember that what we focus on we expand and life is not about the end destination but about the journeys we have along the way. So start making plans for your next hero's journey.