Have you recently started or pursued something new in your career or life?
If Yes, then you already know how challenging it is to reach the next level of success with renewed passion and enthusiasm. Your plan to arrive at the desired destination does not necessarily foresee any obstacles that may come along the way. While chasing a Bigger Dream, starting small seems to be a wiser move but that does not guarantee smooth sailing all the way to the desired destination. I must say getting in the game and finishing strong, requires another level of focus and commitment.
So, how do you stay motivated to knock down that next level of challenge and make progress towards your ultimate goal?
I am about to reveal the secret of how to tackle hardship on the next level and still maintain top level focus, enthusiasm and passion throughout your pursuit. Drum Roll……………the secret is to “Celebrate Small Wins.”
Majority of the people consider celebrating their wins only when they arrive at their desired destination. To them it seems meaningless to celebrate the present accomplishment. They present a plethora of excuses to themselves:
- It is a waste of time, money and resources
- naaah! It was nothing, it is not good enough
- I don’t deserve it
- I will look stupid if I don’t reach my ultimate goal and make a big hype out of these small wins etc.
These kind of affirmations will trigger a mindset that portrays life as a never-ending drudgery, and that there is no good in it.
Celebrating a win, is not always about bigger and glorious victories. In fact, it is about enjoying the small wins while you are on the journey to success. Click To Tweet
If you are not celebrating the small things, you are not going to be very good at celebrating the big things either. – Tim Ferris
Imagine going on a long journey to a beautiful island with padlocked natural senses (you know…sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste). Along the way you are presented with a breath-taking natural scenery, an opportunity to meet amazing people, soothing aromas from flowers, and mouth-watering authentic foods. How would you feel when you arrive at the destination island and you are told everything you just missed? Take a moment to think about it!
Now imagine the opposite of what you had missed and how it would have made you feel, if you took time to enjoy the small moments during the journey? Think!
Life is not about putting ourselves in the pad-locked box and going through the motions. It is not only about the destination; it is also about the journey to the destination. Waiting for a distant pay-off will strip your happiness from the present moment.
Start crediting your hard work by celebrating and integrating small wins into your life. This will boost your confidence, and allow you to appreciate your due diligence.
Concept of celebrating small wins is highly beneficial to cultivate a positive mindset. Retaining these small wins and then harnessing strength from them will develop positive experiences. These positive experiences will eventually become a cornerstone to your inner strength during tough times.
Infogrpahic: Here are top 9 striking contrasts between celebrating small wins early vs waiting to celebrate a big win:
Now you may ask, what steps should one take to acknowledge and celebrate these small wins?
Here are 5 simple steps that you can implement to experience inner-transformation:
- Schedule a time to reflect:
Reflection time is a must in order to realize your accomplishments. Create a time block at the end of the day or week and write down your wins in a journal. Writing down your accomplishments on a paper provides a visual image of your progress, which in turn will promote happiness.
What did I achieve today/this week/this month?
What went well?
What did I improve on from last time?
I set aside 5 to 10 minutes every night to go over my accomplishments. I consider “lesson learned from my failures” as a worthy progress in the right direction, so I jot them down in my journal.
- Take time to ‘Feel the win’:
What good will it do if you simply write down your wins and not take the time to feel them. Allow yourself to relive the glorious moments when you accomplished those small goal(s) and integrate this feeling in your identity. Realize that it is a big of deal to make progress in the right direction. Stay in that moment, experience it and celebrate it!
Feel the win. Relive it, feel it, and integrate it – that’s the secret formula. – Brendon Burchard
I bring my wins to life by sharing high-fives and doing some happy dance with my team and family members.
- Keep the jar of awesomeness:
Tim Ferriss, author of Tribe of Mentors, advocates about “The Jar of Awesomeness”.
Every time you taste the victory, write it down on a piece of paper and put it in a jar. Over time these small wins will start compounding and leave traces of your greatness. It is also therapeutic to revisit these small wins on the days when you are surrounded by self-doubt. When feeling down just go through them and read them.
For me, I do not rely on the jar. I write down my wins, blessings and contributions in a notebook of accomplishments and review them whenever I need an upliftment or to count my blessings.
- Share the win:
Sharing the wins can boost your self-esteem and make you feel accomplished. Share with an attitude of gratitude and enthusiasm. Let people know that you worked hard for it and it is paying off. You never know who you will inspire while sharing your own journey. People who are striving to make progress will find it helpful.
I share my wins over the phone or in person with family, friends and colleagues.
- Reward yourself:
Celebrate your win by rewarding yourself. Make it a big deal. The human mind craves for validation and a reward can ignite that emotion. Treating yourself with something that you usually enjoy on special occasions, will motivate you to gather more wins.
Majority of the time I reward myself with home-baked treats or go out with my spouse for a movie and dinner.
In a nutshell: Celebrating small wins is a success habit. It will prepare you to take action and reach the next level of success with refreshed enthusiasm, confidence and passion, regardless of the hardship. Click To Tweet
Share with us in the comments below, how you celebrate your big and small wins. Do you make it a big deal or do you find it extravagant?
By – Praneet Kaur