花時間慶祝很重要──IT IS IMPORTANT TO TAKE TIME TO CELEBRATE

在商業和專業領域裡,我們專注於目標、新產品、服務、銷售業績和利潤,以極大的精力追求這些事情,決心達到我們的任務。但是,當我們成功了、也達到預期的結果後,我們會做什麼呢?更多的時候,我們只是繼續建立新的目標、銷售業績和最終獲利結果,然後我們就再度快速向前衝。

許多組織和領導者被他們的任務和目標所耗盡,用力衝刺到達主要里程碑和獲得勝利後,沒有停下來慶祝和欣賞他們所取得的成就。想像一下,三個登山者攀登一座巨大的山峰,當他們到達峰頂時,就在不遠處看到了另一座高山。與其享受剛剛完成的那近乎不可能的任務,他們就匆匆下山,然後前往下一座有挑戰性的山峰。

這聽起來很愚蠢,不是嗎?但這通常就是我們會做出的事。我們沒有遵循諺語所說「花時間聞聞玫瑰的馨香」,反而總是向地平線衝去,尋找更大的成就。我在擔任報紙和雜誌的編輯時,曾經掙扎於這種誘惑。我們一路上克服了許多阻撓和障礙,努力完成最新的出刊,但一旦它出版了,我們的注意力很快就會轉向計劃、寫作、編輯和設計下一期刊物。

這就是為什麼我總是花很大的力氣,按下「暫停」鍵,讓我們的團隊在將注意力轉移到下一組截止日期之前,欣賞自己所取得的成就。我們真的需要花時間來慶祝。

我的朋友克·博克斯(Rick Boxx),他也是週一嗎哪的定期撰稿人,在他的一封每日電子郵件中提到:「慶祝活動是旅程中很重要的組成部分。他們能讓員工重新活力煥發,肯定表現優異的員工,並鞏固團隊。」共事情誼可以在奮鬥中建立,匯聚我們各自的才能和技能來實現共同的目標;但同樣的共事情誼(有人稱之為esprit de corps – 團隊精神),也能在我們共同享受完成工作的喜樂時,會得到鞏固和加強。

我們在聖經舊約尼希米記中看到了一個很好的例子。以色列人完成了他們「不可能的任務」,努力重建耶路撒冷的城牆,並重修和遷居於城中的房屋裡。儘管遭到了強烈反對,但重建工作在令人難以置信的 52 天內就完成了。這絕對是該慶祝的時候,而他們也真的做到了。

在尼希米記 12 章 27 節,我們讀到:「耶路撒冷城牆告成的時候,眾民就把各處的利未人招到耶路撒冷,要稱謝、歌唱、敲鈸、鼓瑟、彈琴,歡歡喜喜地行告成之禮」。以色列人民在未來的日子裡將還會面臨許多其他困難,但他們認知對已經成就的去慶祝之重要性。

所羅門王被認為是古代以色列國王中最聰明、最有成就的,他也理解慶祝的價值:「我所見為善為美的,就是人在 神賜他一生的日子吃喝,享受日光之下勞碌得來的好處,因為這是他的分」。(傳道書5章18節)

 在你工作的職場,請擁抱慶祝的機會。這會使你的團隊充滿活力和動力。

© 2020. Robert J. Tamasy 是企業巔峰: 給今日職場從箴言而來永恆的智慧 一書的作者。也與導師之的作者David A. Stoddard 合著Tufting Legacies。編輯多本著作包括Mike Landry. Bob的書: 透過苦難成長。Mike Landry. Bob的網站為www.bobtamasy-readywriterink.com

備註:如果你手上有聖經,想閱讀更多相關內容,請參考以下的經文:
傳道書 9章10節
9:10 凡你手所當做的事要盡力去做;因為在你所必去的陰間沒有工作,沒有謀算,沒有知識,也沒有智慧。
以弗所書 2章10節
2:10 我們原是他的工作,在基督耶穌裏造成的,為要叫我們行善,就是 神所預備叫我們行的。
歌羅西書 3章17節
3:17 無論做甚麼,或說話或行事,都要奉主耶穌的名,藉著他感謝父 神。
歌羅西書3章23-24節
3:23 無論做甚麼,都要從心裏做,像是給主做的,不是給人做的,
3:24 因你們知道從主那裏必得著基業為賞賜;你們所事奉的乃是主基督。
帖撒羅尼迦前書 5章16-18節
5:16 要常常喜樂,
5:17 不住地禱告,
5:18 凡事謝恩;因為這是 神在基督耶穌裏向你們所定的旨意。

反省與問題討論

  1. 「慶祝」會是你工作場所的常用語彙嗎?你前一次花時間慶祝重要目標或項目完成是什麼時候呢?
  2. 參加慶祝活動的感覺是如何?如果你的組織像大部分一樣,不會停下來開心享受所取得的成就,而只是投入下一個項目時;你認為如果有機會因工作做得很好而慶祝,會是什麼感覺呢?
  3. 為什麼你認為有些人很難按下俗話所說的「暫停鍵」來享受勝利時刻的興奮呢?如果參與人員沒有獲得慶祝重大成就的機會,這會對他們有什麼樣的影響?
  4. 你和你的團隊可能會採取哪些步驟,來確保自己確實可以「停下來聞聞玫瑰的馨香」並慶祝,而不是迅速轉向下一個艱鉅的挑戰呢?


IT IS IMPORTANT TO TAKE TIME TO CELEBRATE

By Robert J. Tamasy

In the business and professional world, we concentrate on goals, new products and services, sales quotas, and profits. We pursue these things with great energy, determined to hit our marks. But what happens when we succeed, when we achieve our intended results? More often than not, we simply establish new goals and objectives, sales quotas and bottom lines. Then we quickly move on.

Many organizations and leaders, consumed by their missions and objectives, sprint past major milestones and victories without pausing long enough to celebrate and appreciate what they have achieved. Imagine three mountain climbers scaling a huge peak who, just as they reach the summit, spot another lofty mountain in the distance. Rather than enjoying what they have just done, they rush back down Mt. Almost-Impossible and head toward the next challenging mountain.

This sounds foolish, doesn’t it? But this is often what we do. Rather than following the adage, “Take time to smell the roses,” we charge off toward the horizon in search of even greater accomplishments. When I was the editor of newspapers and magazines, I struggled with this temptation. We had worked hard to assemble the latest edition, overcoming many hurdles and obstacles along the way, but once it was off the press, our attention would soon turn to planning, writing, editing, and designing the next one.

That was why I always made an effort to hit the “pause” button, allowing our team to appreciate what we had accomplished before shifting our focus to the next set of deadlines. We needed time to celebrate.

As my friend Rick Boxx, also a regular contributor to “Monday Manna,” stated in one of his daily email messages, “Celebrations are an important part of the journey. They can rejuvenate staff, recognize star performers, and solidify a team.” Camaraderie can be built during the struggle, pooling our respective talents and skills to accomplish a common goal. But the same camaraderie – some people call it esprit de corps – is solidified and strengthened when we can jointly bask in the glow of a job well-done.

We see a good example of this in the Bible’s Old Testament book of Nehemiah. The Israelites had achieved their own “mission impossible,” working hard to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, as well as reconstruct and inhabit the homes in the city. Even though they had faced strong opposition, the rebuilding was finished in an incredible 52 days. It was definitely time to celebrate. Which they did. 

In Nehemiah 12:27 we read, “At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, the Levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully the dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps and lyres.” The people of Israel would face many other difficulties in the days ahead, but they recognized the importance of celebrating what they had done.

King Solomon, reputed to be the wisest and most accomplished of ancient Israel’s kings, understood the value of celebrating: “Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him – for this is his lot” (Ecclesiastes 5:18).

In your workplace, embrace opportunities for celebration. It will keep your team energized and motivated.

© 2021. Robert J. Tamasy has written Marketplace Ambassadors: CBMC’s Continuing Legacy of Evangelism and Discipleship; Business at Its Best: Timeless Wisdom from Proverbs for Today’s Workplace; Pursuing Life with a Shepherd’s Heart, coauthored with Ken Johnson; andThe Heart of Mentoring, coauthored with David A. Stoddard. Bob’s biweekly blog is: www.bobtamasy.blogspot.com.

Reflection/Discussion Questions

  1. Is “celebration” part of your workplace vocabulary? When was the last time you were able to take the time to celebrate the completion of an important goal or project?
  2. How does it feel to be a part of such a celebration? If your organization is more like those that plunge into the next project rather than pausing to rejoice over what has been achieved, what do you think it would be like to be given the opportunity to celebrate work well-done?
  3. Why do you think it is difficult for some to hit the proverbial “pause button” so they can enjoy the excitement of the moment of victory? What kind of impact can it have for the people involved if they do not receive opportunities to celebrate significant achievements?
  4. What steps might you – or your team – take to ensure that they can indeed “stop to smell the roses” and celebrate, rather than quickly moving on to the next daunting challenge?          

NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more, consider the following passages:
Ecclesiastes 9:10; Ephesians 2:10; Colossians 3:17, 23-24; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


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