how to... celebrate your success

The Happiness Explorer

How to...Celebrate your success - By Lydia Kimmerling

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As we approach the end of the year, we embark on a journey that resonates with us all at some point in our lives: what to do when you feel like a failure. Feeling like a failure is a part of the human experience. The first step is to acknowledge those feelings; it's okay to have moments of self-doubt and frustration.

Treat yourself with kindness and understand that failure doesn’t define you; it’s a stepping stone on your journey. Reflect on why you feel this way; often, we’re our harshest critics and our perception of failure may not align with reality.

Set realistic goals, break them into achievable steps and celebrate your progress. Share your feelings with a trusted friend or therapist; there's strength in vulnerability.

Shift your perspective on failure; see it as an opportunity for growth and embrace the lessons it offers. Surround yourself with inspiration from motivational sources, and practice gratitude daily.

When you're ready, take action and challenge yourself. Remember, progress is not always linear, but every step counts.

As someone deeply immersed in the world of yoga and mindfulness, I’ve personally grappled with the feeling of failure, not on the yoga mat, but in the realm of entrepreneurship. It all began several years ago when I took the plunge into entrepreneurship, driven by passion and a dream.


In the early days, optimism flowed freely, but financial struggles and sleepless nights soon followed. I questioned my decision and felt like the biggest failure.

However, every setback became a stepping stone towards growth. I learned more from my failures than my successes, adapting and growing stronger with each obstacle. I reached out to mentors, sought advice and slowly saw a glimmer of hope.

One defining moment came when I secured my first long-term coaching p

Over the years, I faced many more failures, but I refused to let them define me.artnership. It was a breakthrough, validating my hard work and persistence.

Today, looking back at my journey, I realise that moments of feeling like a failure were essential to my success. They taught me humility, perseverance and the value of hard work. They shaped me into the entrepreneur I am today – someone who doesn’t fear failure but embraces it as a necessary part of the path to success.

As we approach the end of the year, remember that success is not about avoiding failure, but about how you rise after you fall. Let’s support each other on this journey called life. Stay positive, stay inspired and stay true to yourself. Sending you all my love and positive vibes as we reflect on the year gone by. See you in 2024!

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