At the end of your performance, you register the applause. Maybe you notice whether the applause is wild or tepid. Maybe you stand there, bow, and soak in the praise and relief.

But do you fully receive and enjoy the first round of applause? Pause and notice that you are rewarded and encouraged for merely setting foot on the stage.

An injured athlete is applauded by both teams just for standing up and pretending to be all right.

Don’t wait until your project is complete and published to be pleased with it. When you’re only beginning, or you’re only standing up and pretending to be all right, enjoy the moment. Give yourself some applause.

Text © Gwyn Nichols 2010