Learning to Celebrate the Tiny Victories
Remember all those goals and resolutions you set out to accomplish at the beginning of the New Year? Maybe you set out to lose weight or to ditch social media, or maybe you wanted to go out on a leap and start a new business. Whatever it is that you set out to accomplish, you’re probably not there yet. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be celebrating.
I personally set a lot of goals for myself at the beginning of the year, and I’m one of those who makes monthly, weekly, and even daily goals for myself that I sometimes fail to accomplish or even scratch the surface with. But then there’s days, moments even where I rock at something. Maybe I didn’t get all 20 things on my to-do list accomplished, but instead I managed to absolutely knock the socks off of the first 5 items on the list. And you know what? Those 5 things deserve to be celebrated.
We all spend so much time setting goals and hustling to get from point A to point B that somewhere along the way we forget to stop and smell the roses and celebrate the small accomplishments. Yes, the starting and end points are important, but so are all the in-betweens.
We get it in our head that just because it isn’t a major life milestone that it isn’t worthy of being celebrated, but that’s just crazy. Maybe you didn’t lose 15 lbs. in 3 months, but you lost 5 and that’s still an amazing accomplishment. Or maybe you don’t yet have enough to buy your first home, but you’ve managed to successfully save enough for a down payment. Another victory worth celebrating.
You see, when you don’t take the time to acknowledge and celebrate the small accomplishments and the tiny victories, you lose your sense of joy and you lose sight of what you set out to even accomplish in the first place.
So what can we do? Well for starters, stop belittling your successes. I’ll go ahead and admit, I’m the world’s worst at making light of something because it’s “no big deal”, but if you managed to accomplish something (no matter how big or small) take the time out to acknowledge it. Did you go for a walk outside today? Check one for team victory! Did you get that report turned in early? Score! Get rid of the negative mentality that things are not big or “important” enough to celebrate and learn to rejoice in your small victories.
Second, share your success with others. I know we’re all always afraid of sharing our successes with others because we think it will seem like we’re bragging, but trust me when I say that we all need supporters in life, and encouragers even. Maybe it’s your husband or your mom, or maybe you have that one person you can always talk to at work. Find your go-to people in life and share your successes with them. In return they’ll be able to share their own successes with you, which creates a happier world all around.
Oprah Winfrey said it best when she said “The More You Celebrate Your Life, The More There Is In Life To Celebrate.” Let’s start celebrating our lives and stop worrying so much about the “big stuff”. We may have mountains to climb to get to where we want to go, but take breaks and celebrate every mile marker along the way. Live the life you love and learn to love every minute of it. And when the going gets tough and you managed to get through it, give yourself a big pat on the back and celebrate with a cookie and a glass of wine, even if it is a Monday night. You deserve it.
So today I challenge you to celebrate your tiny victories! To not even worry about what you have to tackle before Friday, but to celebrate today- the here and now. Did you manage to wake up without hitting the snooze button 5 times? Celebrate that! I’m celebrating the fact that I packed my kiddo’s lunch last night which put me 10 minutes ahead of the game this morning. Share with me your tiny victories in the comments and remember that no accomplishment is too small.
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Thanks for stopping by!-Cara