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Achieving success is something that practically ALL of us strive for.
We want to feel accomplished. We want to attain our goals and see our dreams become reality. We want to live that purpose that we feel deep inside. Everyday, we plan and work towards attaining success.
We live for the day when we will see the fulfillment of our efforts and reap the prosperity we crave. Basically, the quest for success drives us from day to day.
So how do we feel when a friend, family member, or acquaintance succeeds BEFORE we do? Do we celebrate or do we hate? Well, without a doubt, we should be happy.
Here are five reasons why we need to celebrate success of others.
1) We need each other to succeed.
I was a spectator at a youth gymnastics event recently and watched how the young ladies, pushed to do well on their own, but still congratulated each other’s performances. As I reflected on this, it spoke to me as a perfect example of team dynamics – when one wins, we all win.
Take for instance, the fact that the scores of all the members on a team are used to determine the winner of the “team” gold medal at the Olympic Games. So, every individual score impacts the overall total and helps to determine the winner. If our teammates excel, it helps the team and everyone on that team becomes a champion – earning a gold medal.
The success of each member solidifies the standing of the team.
Our teammate’s success can propel our success so that we stand atop the medal stand with them.
Because of outstanding individual achievements, the entire team can share in a group accomplishment.
So, cheer others on instead of pouting when they perform better; because their success is OUR success.
2) It motivates you to drive for your own personal success.
Watching someone else give it their all and make or exceed their goals is energizing and inspiring. There are times when we get disgruntled or disenchanted because we have been trying and working for what seems like a long time. Yet we still haven’t accomplished our dream. When someone else reaches their target, it should fill us with hope and possibility.
Their success stands as a testament to us that we too can fulfill our dreams. If they can do it, then we can too!
The more we celebrate success take on that positive stance, the more determined we will become.
This will help us shake off doubt and unbelief as it fills us with the spirit of perseverance. It will then result in nudging us to take concrete and constructive steps towards achieving our personal victory.
3) You care about the person and want to maintain your bond.
When we love and care about someone, we want to see them succeed. We never want to see them fail or fall short of their goals. Of course, at times, there may be healthy and friendly competition. But, when we truly care about someone, that competition can never turn to jealousy because they climbed the mountain before we did!
In fact, when we do love and care for another and they accomplish some fantastic goal, we will usually find ourselves beaming with pride just to know that we are related to or associated with them. We will even take the initiative to announce their accomplishments to others, because we share in their joy.
If we find ourselves hating a friend, family member, or colleague because of their success, then we need to evaluate ourselves and our relationship with them.
When we truly care about someone and want to maintain positive relations with them, it usually signals that we have their best interest at heart. If so, then how can we be jealous and hateful when they succeed?
The strength of our relationship should surpass any tinge of jealousy or concern we may feel at the outset. We should find ourselves naturally rooting for them, cheering them on, and even using then to motivate us to drive harder for our own goals.
Thus, we will not only maintain our bond with the individual, but will truly secure it.
4) It can open doors for you through networking and referrals.
A big part of gaining success is tied to networking and making connections with key people or organizations that are in the field in which we are seeking to achieve. This means we need to meet individuals and build relationships to help us along our journey towards success.
When we celebrate success of others, we get a chance to meet the people they know and go to events and functions that they have access to. This will in turn give us opportunities to connect with folks who can help or direct us as we continue striving to meet our own goals.
As we sing the praises of the other person’s success, it will likely ensure that they do not look at us as a threat and are more likely to refer us to others.
5) Keeping a positive attitude elevates you.
A wise man once said, “Attitude is altitude…”
Our attitude, demeanor, and personality contribute significantly to our ability to succeed. Knowledge, talent, and hard work are important factors in getting there.
But regardless of our familiarity with information, our skill level, and work ethic, many times we fail because of that one wild card – attitude!
If we do or say something that superiors, peers, suppliers, or customers find indifferent or offensive, we are at a great risk of failing. If we become consumed with self and focus solely on our desires without considering the needs of those who support us, then we are on the path to failure.
And of course, if our attitude is one of unbelief, then we are damaging our ability to succeed. If everyone else believes in us, but we don’t believe in ourselves, it is unlikely that we will accomplish our goals or carry out any of our plans.
Success is best savored when you share it with others. So, as we walk along the road to success, the following tips will help us to reach the end we seek:
- We must remember that there are times when we need to rely on each other to achieve.
- Use healthy competition to drive and inspire your efforts. Cheer on those who run head realizing that they are blazing a trail for you to use as directions for your own journey.
- Relationships and personal bonds do not need to suffer or be severed in our quest to be the best.
- Connections you gain from those who have already succeeded can go a long way to getting you to your destination.
- A positive mindset and demeanor gives us the calm, confidence, and determination we need to persevere and win!
When we experience setbacks, we cannot let them permanently define our attitude. We must realize and deal with them as temporary. So when we celebrate success of others, we are fostering that positive attitude and strengthening our own resolve to reach that pinnacle we desire.