I firmly believe that we make real progress in our lives when we don’t just look to huge wins and the realization of ambitious goals as success, but rather celebrate the small ways that we make meaning, add value and enjoy our lives on a daily basis.
This month’s ezine article tackles this topic, and encourages you to applaud your small wins so that you create a general positive forward momentum in your life instead of berating yourself because you aren’t making the progress you desire on big projects.
As an example, I found insight and growth from the following tasks this weekend that some of you might consider terribly mundane:
- Completing 5 loads of laundry without complaining or leaving a load to mold in the washer because I was too lazy to throw it in the dryer.
Takeaway: If I don’t spend hours obsessing over why I detest a task so much and just start doing it, it will be over before I know it and I will feel great that it is taken care of.
- Surviving a day of at least thirteen two-year old toddler meltdowns involving varying degrees of screaming, tears, flailing limbs and heartbreaking expressions, all while keeping my cool and only resorting to bribery by candy once.
Takeaway: Deal with conflict and anger in a calm, patient way and call in reinforcements when it gets to be too much. Maintain a sense of humor in the face of adversity and stay centered on the long-term benefit of the conflict.
- Cleaning up my desk and inbox and organizing my projects into folders.
Takeaway: When work becomes overwhelming, stop, clean up, organize and prioritize. Clutter in your environment contributes to clutter in your brain.
By focusing on little wins and seeing the lessons in everyday tasks, you will cultivate an attitude of growth and gratitude that will make your life more interesting, energized and pleasant.
Most importantly, you won’t waste your valuable emotional energy beating yourself up and can get moving on making progress on your goals.
The full article is here.
How do you celebrate the small wins? Do you think it makes a difference, or do you find that tough self love clobbers you into high gear?