It’s so important to celebrate your small victories! I crawled out of the gym the other day with a smile on my face and an ache in every part of my body. The workout I did was nothing compared to the way or level I trained 5 years ago, nothing like it, but it was a step in the right direction.
I started the week with my mini goals all written up. I could now check off 4 workout sessions this week. Job done. Goal achieved. Pat on the back earned. Easily pleased I sense some of you saying. Well I believe you all need to celebrate your small victories.
Here is my philosophy – by celebrating your small victories, you keep yourself inspired to keep moving forward towards the big ones.
“Change is not a destination, or a switch to be flipped. It’s a process—and a never-ending one at that.”
Change is one of the most challenging things you will go through. First you need to clarify the primary need for change. Being clear from the start about why change is needed, and what the intended outcomes will look like, will help to ensure you stay on course. You then will support yourself by taking steps forward, and yes I suggest you celebrate every small victory on the way.
One thing we can be guaranteed in life is that there are bound to be setbacks, challenges and obstacles. These will disappoint you, even stress you. So making the most of the victories will help you balance the emotions. The small victories you achieve will ultimately lead to successful change and should therefore be celebrated because anything that moves you closer to your goals, is worth being happy and proud about!
“It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.”
Everything you want to achieve in your life, including your health, building a prosperous business, developing new great friendships, losing weight, finding your soul mate, can be achieved by you taking small steps and taking those small steps every day.
Weight loss comes one meal at a time, supported every time you put on your training shoes and go for a walk and benefited each time you refuse to give in to your craving for something like chocolate. As a wannabee author I recognise the importance of every page I write. Each small in its own right but page after page will lead to the completion of a book.
As Coldplay sing in their song ‘What If:’
“Every step that you take. Could be your biggest mistake. It could bend or it could break. But that’s the risk that you take.”
Nothing should stop you taking steps working towards your goals.
You have to take risks if you want to achieve your goals even when sometimes it feels like you are stepping out of your comfort zone. Even more reason to celebrate every victory.
My life seemed to get placed on hold for a while due to the problems with my eye and health. In this period I learnt something essential for my happiness and recovery. It is to accept those things we must accept because they are beyond our control and take steps to make those adjustments that you can. When you do take positive steps, celebrate, because it’s the small victories that matter.
Give yourself some praise for all of the hard work you put into each day, particularly those victories. Make them memorable, pat yourself on the back once in a while. You deserve it! By allowing yourself actual time to appreciate your victories and successes, will make them memorable to you and therefore increases the chances that you’ll repeat the positive behaviour in the future and take even bigger steps forward.
Make sure you do something today that will feel like a small victory. Make that call you’ve been putting off, write that letter, go back to the gym, throw the cigarettes away, whatever it is you’ve been putting off. Once you’ve taken action, remember to celebrate your small victories.