25 Little Ways to Celebrate Success

It is great to celebrate, no matter how small your successes. Here are 25 small ways to celebrate.
  1. Do a little dance
  2. Tell someone
  3. Write it in your journal
  4. Treat yourself
  5. Punch the air
  6. Take a break
  7. Tick an item off your to-do list
  8. Give yourself a sticker
  9. Shout: “Yes!”
  10. Put a mark on your calendar
  11. Plant something
  12. Take a photograph
  13. Give someone a present
  14. Give yourself a thumbs-up (use a mirror)
  15. Play some triumphant music
  16. Thank someone for their support
  17. Throw away something you won’t need anymore
  18. Let off a party popper
  19. Sing a victory song
  20. Pat yourself on the back
  21. Smile
  22. High-five someone
  23. Congratulate yourself
  24. Share it on social media
  25. Buy everyone cakes

Bonus Ideas

  1. Enjoy the results of your achievement
  2. Start planning your next success!


Book Notes: The Rules of Work

Notes on “The Rules of Work: A Definitive Code for Personal Success” by Richard Templar.

I compiled these notes back in July 2007.

Introduction to the Rules

The Rules of Work is a book on how to be successful in the workplace without becoming unpleasant. Templar observes that, “Being good at your job is not enough if you want to be really successful”. Templar explains that being good at your job is a requirement, but it is not enough. There are other things that are equally important:

  1. How you do you job
  2. How others perceive you doing your job
  3. What you do in addition to your job

In the Forward, Templar summarises the requirements of successful persons. Apart from doing their job well, they:

  • Do their job Well
  • Look the part
  • Act one step ahead
  • Walk your talk
  • Never let anyone know how hard they work
  • Have a plan
  • Know the people who count

Templar then presents 10 “rules” that enable someone to achieve these aims. Supposedly, the Rules apply no matter what you do.

Being good at your job is not enough if you want to be really successful.Richard Templar

The Benefits of Following the Rules

The benefits of following the rules are supposedly:

  1. A swift and meteoric rise in success
  2. Appearing to Be stylish, smart, clever, languid, cool, collected, confident, extremely capable

The Rules

The rules are:

1: Walk your talk

That is, know your job and do it well.Richard Templar

1.1: Get your walk noticed

Doing more of the same won’t get you noticed, so do something out of the ordinary.Richard Templar

1.2: Never stand still

Don’t just get through the day. Move towards promotion.Richard Templar

1.3: Volunteer carefully

Only step forward when it will make you look good or will really help someone in need.Richard Templar

1.4: Carve out a niche for yourself
1.5: Under promise and over deliver
1.6: Know something the others don’t
1.7: Be 100 per cent committed
1.8: Enjoy what you are doing
1.9 Develop the right attitude

  • See things from the manager’s point of view.
  • Go the extra mile
  • Be positive
  • Have high standards

1.10: Never let anyone know how hard you work

2: Know that you’re being judged at all times

2.1: Dress well
2.2: Cultivate a smile
2.3: No limp fish — develop the perfect handshake
2.4: Exude confidence and energy

When you walk through the office first thing you should have a spring in your step.Richard Templar

2.5: Develop a style that gets you noticed

Think: Classic, timeless, qualityRichard Templar

2.6: Pay attention to personal grooming.

Make each day as conscientious as an interview day.Richard Templar

2.7: Be attractive

  • Have presence and personality
  • Be warm, friendly and articulate
  • Looks are all smile and eyes
  • Develop good posture
  • Get blemishes fixed

2.8 Be cool

Remain civilized and sophisticated at all times.Richard Templar

2.9 Speak well

  • Bright
  • Clear
  • Pleasant
  • Simple

2.10: Write well

  • Legible
  • Neat
  • Mature
  • Consistent

3: Have a plan

3.1: Know what you want long term
3.2: Know what you want short term
3.3: Study the promotion system
3.4: Develop a game plan
3.5: Set objectives
3.6: Know your role
3.7: Know your yourself — strengths and weaknesses
3.8: Identify key times and events

There is no point using all your energy and power when it ain’t necessary.Richard Templar

3.9: Anticipate threats

Each threat that becomes a reality is an opportunity to grow and change.Richard Templar

3.10: Look for opportunities

4: If you can’t say anything nice — shut up

4.1: Don’t gossip
4.2: Don’t bitch
4.3: Stand up for others
4.4: Compliment people sincerely
4.5: Be cheerful and positive
4.6: Ask questions
4.7: Use ‘please’ and ‘thank you’
4.8 Don’t swear
4.9 Be a good listener
4.10 Only speak sense

5: Look after yourself

5.1: Know the ethics of your industry
5.2: Know the legalities of your industry
5.3: Set personal standards
5.4: Never lie
5.5: Never cover up for anyone else
5.6: Keep records
5.7: Know the difference between the truth and the whole truth
5.8: Cultivate your support/contacts/friends
5.9: Understand others’ motives
5.10: Assume everyone else is playing by different rules

6: Blend in

6.1: Know the corporate culture
6.2: Speak the language
6.3: Dress up or down accordingly
6.4: Be adaptable in your dealings with different people
6.5: Know where to hang out, and when
6.6: Understand the social protocols
6.7: Know the rules about authority
6.8: Know the rules about the office hierarchy
6.9: Never disapprove of others
6.10 Understand the herd mentality

7: Act one step ahead

7.1: Dress one step ahead
7.2: Talk one step ahead
7.3: Act one step ahead
7.4: Think one step ahead
7.5: Address corporate issues and problems
7.6: Talk of ‘we’ rather than ‘I’
7.7: Walk the talk
7.8: Spend more time with senior staff
7.9: Get people to assume you have already made the step
7.10: Prepare for the step after next

8: Cultivate diplomacy

8.1: Ask questions in times of conflict
8.2: Don’t take sides
8.3: Know when to keep your opinions to yourself
8.4: Be conciliatory
8.5: Never lose your temper
8.6: Never get personal
8.7: Know how to handle other people’s anger
8.8: Stand your ground
8.9: Be objective about the situation
8.10: Put things in perspective

9: Know the system — and milk it

9.1: Know all the unspoken rules of office life
9.2: Know what to call everyone
9.3: Know when to stay late and when to go early
9.4: Know the theft or perks rule
9.5: Identify the people who count
9.6: Be on the right side of the people who count
9.7: Be well up on new management techniques
9.8: Know the undercurrents and hidden agendas
9.9: Know the favourites and cultivate them
9.10: Know the mission statement and understand it

10: Handle the opposition

10.1: Identify the opposition
10.2: Study them closely
10.3: Don’t back-stab
10.4: Know the psychology of promotion
10.5: Don’t give too much away
10.6: Keep your ear to the ground
10.7: Make the opposition seem irreplaceable
10.8: Don’t damn the opposition with faint praise
10.9: Capitalise on the career enhancing moments
10.10: Cultivate the friendship and approval of your colleagues

Don’t Break the Chain! A Simple Technique for Personal Change

Don’t Break the Chain is a simple technique to help you change your daily habits and reach your goals.

Learn “Don’t Break the Chain” in 5 Minutes or Less

There are many areas of life where the greatest benefits come, not as the result of a single great moment, but as the result of consistent, daily action that leads us towards our goals. Indeed, many “overnight success” stories are really the result of years of steady, incremental improvement.

Comedian Jerry Seinfield has been credited with developing the Don’t Break the Chain technique. As a young comedian he recognised that, in order to improve his material, he needed to write regularly – at least a little each day.

So, he got himself a big calendar, and every day when he did his writing he crossed off that day on his calendar. After a few days, a chain of X’s appeared on the calendar. And as the chain of X’s grew, he told himself, “Don’t Break the Chain”.

That’s it.

Don’t Break the Chain Has Helped Me Change!

Over the last few weeks I’ve been applying Don’t Break the Chain to help me develop good habits in several areas (including some I’ve mentioned before):

  • Clearing my desk each morning
  • Clearing both my email in-box and send-items every morning
  • Clearing my computer desktop each morning (I tend to use it as scratch space for current work)
  • Making sure I drink enough each day

In each of these areas I’ve had greater success than I imagined possible:

  • I have just 4 emails left in my in-box (I need to tackle these next)
  • My email send items folder is empty
  • I’ve been drinking at least 0.6 litres of extra water every day, usually a lot more
  • My desk is tidier than it has ever been, and is consistently so (and if you know me, you’ll know this is nothing short of miraculous!)

Get the Right Materials

One of the great strengths of this method is that you really don’t need any fancy equipment:

  • A calendar. The bigger the better. I printed one from the internet.
  • A marker. A fat red one is ideal, but I just use a black ballpoint because that’s what I had to hand.

That’s all.

Of course, there are all kinds of smart-phone apps and on-line tools and special calendars for the method, but I’d recommend starting with a simple paper system and getting more sophisticated once you’re familiar with the method.

Know Why it Works

Some of the benefits that I’ve experienced with this technique are that:

  • It is simple
  • Daily action builds habits
  • It gives you regular practice
  • It provides feedback on your progress
  • It’s fun and rewarding
  • Small improvements accumulate, and compound
  • It makes you feel successful
  • Once you start to succeed, you’ll want to do more

Follow these Tips

From my experience, I think your chances of success are increased if you:

  • Choose a suitable goal, and know why it’s important to me.
  • Be specific about what you want to achieve each day.
  • Start with just a few activities – or just the one one: If you take on too much all at once, you’ll overburden yourself and fail.
  • Set small goals: Succeeding at doing 5 minutes is better than failing at doing half an hour.
  • Have a separate calendar for each activity
  • Don’t break the chain: Skipping one day makes it easier to skip the next.
  • Really – Don’t break the chain.

What are You Going to Change?

Examples of where Don’t Break the Change might be useful include:

  • Learning a language
  • Getting organised
  • Eating healthily
  • Exercising
  • Learning to meditate
  • Building a relationship

… and almost anything else.

Learn More about Don’t Break the Chain

I found the following useful:

Take Small Steps

Small StepsWhen the journey is daunting, we take small steps.

Each of us has something we want to change; about ourselves, our situation or our world. But sometimes, when we look at the journey ahead, we are daunted by how far we have yet to travel.

The solution is to take things one small step at a time.

Make a Start: Take Small Steps Today

All change has to start somewhere.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Lao-tzu (Chinese Philosopher)

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (American Civil Rights Leader)

Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin… Zechariah 4:10 (NLT)

Don’t Rush: The Steps are Small

At the same time, we don’t expect to reach our destination overnight. Take one small step at a time.

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Traditional

Take time to go fast. Robert C Martin

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Unknown

We keep taking small steps.