Small wins, no matter how small, are still considered victory
Part of living a life of happiness and fulfillment is the ability to maintain our optimism. When we’re after a goal, the road to achievement may get bumpy. We may encounter hurdles that will test our faith and in most cases, discourage us from moving forward.
If you are starting a business and revenue seems to be taking a long time to return, you may feel discouraged. Your confidence goes down because you’re thinking that you’re not good enough to make it work. If you’re trying to win the heart of the woman you love and she does not seem to show interest, your self-esteem goes down and you feel like you don’t want to continue anymore. If you’re in debt and you’re having trouble paying it off, chances are you’re going to come up with excuses.
This is not the right attitude. Just because you fell down once, doesn’t mean you can’t pick yourself up again to continue your journey. Just like what I mentioned in my earlier post which you can read here, success is not achieved overnight. It will take time and you have to be very patient.
This is why celebrating the small wins is very important. Doing so gives us the encouragement. It keeps us going because we’re able to see the results little-by-little. Of course, it takes a positive mindset for us to see these little wins because if you think negatively, these little wins will mean nothing to you. It will all be trivial.
So what if your new business hasn’t taken off. The research and planning you make is already a small win because this makes you a better entrepreneur. If you’re able to pay off 5% of your debt, that’s a win. If your promotion hasn’t come but you were recognized for good work, that’s a win.
Sometimes, the problem with most of us is we always tend to look at the negative first. We need to open our eyes to see that not everything that’s happening around us is meant to make us fail. If we learn to do this more often, we can lessen the stress and the worry that we’re giving ourselves.
There was this guy named Arthur Boorman, a gulf war veteran, who was suffering from obesity. His weight went up to 300 pounds and rendered him unable to walk on his own. He required crutches and knee braces for him to get by and his doctors have told him that he won’t be able to walk again. He had almost given up on himself until he saw this ad in the newspaper about a new yoga program. He documented his journey in YouTube which saw him lose a total of 140 lbs in 10 months. But it wasn’t that easy. In the videos, Arthur showed how small victories are achieved. There were several yoga poses that he had a hard time doing but he never gave up until he perfected them. You can even see him fall down in some of the poses he tried when he was just beginning.
Every week, every month of improvement were small wins for him. These small wins finally resulted in a BIG win when the last video came out where a fit again Arthur came out running on his own, without any crutches or braces to support him.
How do You celebrate your small wins?
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