When you achieve a goal do you:
Pause to celebrate your achievement or move on to the next one?
In today’s’ fast paced world, many of us follow the same pattern of creating a goal, achieving it and then almost immediately after, moving on to the next one. We brush off our achievements as if nothing has changed.
While it may feel magnificent when you complete a goal and that in itself is a cause for celebration, it’s just as important to celebrate your small wins. Celebrating the small wins helps you to stay focused and motivated, especially during the challenging times of your journey to success.
Landed your dream job?
Ticked something off your bucket list?
Got a pay rise?
Mastered a new recipe?
It’s not selfish or egotistical to be proud of what you have accomplished. Celebrating your wins, big and small helps you to keep focused and motivated. It also allows you to see the progress you’re making when you’re achieving larger goals.
So, what exactly is a small win?
I consider small wins to be the accomplishments we achieve on the way to completing an overall goal. It’s the stepping stones you reach along the way.
For example, you might have a goal to read 25 books this year. The overall goal is to read 25 books but the you can celebrate each time you finish a book because each book read equals a small win. You’re one book closer to the overall goal.
For larger goals, there will likely be more small wins to celebrate. If you’re saving up to buy a house, a small win could be when you hit your first savings target. Another could be when you’re ready to start looking at houses or you create a vision board with ideas on it.
Small wins are worthwhile celebrating because it encourages us to keep moving towards our goals.
It’s important to celebrate these moments because it makes the journey more enjoyable. We dwell on the challenges but overlook the positives and then once we reach the goal, it’s not always as satisfying as we desired. By celebrating the small wins, you can be more present and acknowledge each step.
It’s easy to live in the future and claim that you’re too busy to stop and acknowledge what you’ve achieved because you’re not at the finish line. The instant gratification which comes from celebrating these wins provides a great boost to our motivation, confidence and happiness levels.
These small wins are proof that we are achieving things. It’s easy to shrug it off and claim it doesn’t matter but it does. Granted you may not feel the same level of satisfaction as you do when the whole goal has been achieved but it’s about recognising where you are on your journey and celebrating the process.
It’s important for a multitude of reasons including:
You get to acknowledge what you have achieved.
When you take a moment to reflect on your journey, you can begin to see how far you have traveled. When roadblocks appear as they inevitably do when you are existing in your growth zone, you have the ability to remain calm and find a solution rather than falling into a victim mindset.
You can focus on the moment.
Focusing on the small wins allows you to be more present on your journey. You can find joy in the present moment without reflecting on the past or becoming anxious about the future. Instead, you can just be and enjoy what is. If you’re unsure of how to come back to the present moment, you may want to try meditation, focusing on your breath or another practice such as yoga or Pilates. These activities encourage stillness and mindfulness.
It helps you build resilience and grit.
When you celebrate the small wins and acknowledge the milestones, you begin to build grit and resilience. When you feel like your goal is taking longer to attain, you won’t feel discouraged to the same degree because you know that you are making progress. It’s the steps you take each day that will help you get towards your goal. When you are feeling discouraged, you can reflect on how far you’ve progressed towards your goal compared to when you first began.