And Celebrate | How Focusing On Celebration Builds Confidence
If you’ve been following our individual journeys for any length of time, you know that my first business venture was born back in 2014 as a blog called, And Celebrate. (Side note, this is how Brittanny and I first came to know one another; I needed to capture imagery for the blog and I hired Brittanny as my photographer. Little did we know at the time, 3 years later we’d combine our powers with Olivia to launch The Branding Edit venture. You can listen to more of our story here).
At the time, my main intention for the blog was to inspire people to find something to celebrate every day because I truly believe that this life is a gift and it’s meant to be celebrated. The ups and downs of life always deliver a deeper message and opportunity to learn more about ourselves and grow. The more we know ourselves and celebrate our unique qualities and share those gifts with the world, the more enriching our world becomes. It might sound crazy, but I believe if we celebrate it all —the bliss, the sorrow, and everything in between —we’d come to have a greater appreciation for our individual journeys and those around us, leading to more harmony and happiness.
Now, I live this mission and message through the work that we do here at The Branding Edit, by helping our clients see the value of their life experience and celebrate their stories by sharing them with the world. In this “And Celebrate” series on The Branding Edit blog, you can expect to receive love, encouragement, and resources for reframing even the most seemingly awful circumstances through the lens of celebration to express your experience in a positive way and create a deeper connection with your audience.
So here goes nothing …
I was chatting with a potential new client the other day who was sharing the hesitation they had about initiating a tough conversation. It involved setting boundaries and speaking their truth. As they talked it through, they said, “how do I build the confidence to consistently speak my truth without letting fear stop me?”
My answer kinda shot right out of me: “I think it’s about taking courageous action first, then celebrating that action. The more you celebrate those consistent, courageous acts — like initiating tough conversations, speaking your truth and detaching from another person’s reaction, or putting yourself out there in a new way— the more your confidence will build.”
As I shared in my last post, I believe confidence stems from consciously celebrating the actions we take to live life in alignment with our beliefs.
To build confidence, you must consciously train for it (and celebrate those mini-milestones along the way), just like you would anything new. I think the approach one might take to train for a road race, can be applied to this confidence equation. You set your goal: complete a 5K under 30 minutes. Then what? You map out your training schedule and then get started putting in the work. If you’re someone who has never run before, lacing up your sneakers and walking a half a mile might be the first thing you celebrate. The more training you put in, the more confident you’ll feel you can achieve your goal. Celebrating reinforces the belief that it’s possible and reminds you of how far you’ve come.
One of my favorite things to do to build confidence is keeping a celebration jar. You can create one to support a specific goal or to honor and celebrate your life in general. All you need is a clear jar, slips of paper, and something to write with. At the end of each day, date a slip of paper and record one thing you want to celebrate. The key here is intentionally looking back on your day and identify those moments worth celebrating because it is far too easy to let our minds run wild and tell us all the things we haven’t done. Celebrating will retrain your brain to focus on all you have accomplished and helps you build confidence that you’re heading where you desire to go.
What area of your life do you desire to feel more confident? What courageous action can you take today that will lead you on your path toward confidence?