For many readers of this blog, today is the end of the fiscal year. Congratulations! You’ve made it!

What are you doing to celebrate?

We live in a fast paced world. And our organization’s financial needs are insatiable. All too often, our year end is merely punctuated by a flurry of direct mail and phone calls. Then we come in the next day with a higher goal to start the new year.

One of the most suprising things my coaching clients tell me is how much they appreciate my reminding them to stop and celebrate. What?! It’s not all my sage advice? 🙂 Nope. It’s my giving them permission to stop and pat themselves on the back for a job well done.

Celebration helps legitimate the past. We get to relive the war stories, talk about the one that got away, and get energized by the successes we accomplished.

From everything I’m reading, this next year is going to be just as challenging as this past one. So why not stop for a moment, and buy a round for everyone in the office?

When I got started in fundraising, I used to celebrate a successful campaign solicitation by treating myself to a latte from Starbucks. I know a client that used to bring a dozen donuts to work and shout “Happy New Year!” to his co-workers.

Even if your fiscal year doesn’t end today, how do you celebrate?

Feel free to use the comments section here at (or reply to this email) to let me know!

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