We love to celebrate big wins. The milestones, achievements, promotions. We never fail to recognize when we’ve accomplished something big. It might not happen very often, which is why it’s such a big deal to us when it does.
But we also shouldn’t forget to celebrate the small wins.
It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that you’ve achieved something huge. But on that same note, you can apply that thinking the other way around. When we only celebrate the big wins, we also overexaggerate the issues we face. It gives us a tendency to put even more emphasis on what has gone wrong and mistakes we’ve made. When we do that, our motivation to persevere dwindles.
In business, there will be wins – big and small. There will also be failures. To be successful, you have to learn to celebrate the smalls wins and not let the big setbacks discourage you.
Take a moment to acknowledge the small steps.
There are small wins every day in our lives, both personally and professionally. Most of what we do leads up to a bigger goals. It’s easy to stare straight at the end point. But take a moment to acknowledge the small steps we take to get there. Accomplishments are made up of stepping stones and while they seem small, they all play a significant role. So don’t downplay them. Every small step gets you closer to your goal.
Small wins add up to big ones.
When you’re celebrating your small wins, remember that small wins add up to big ones. Some things seem insurmountable when we look at it as a whole. But when we break it down, it’s not so bad. Dissecting our goals into smaller, easier-to-manage ones gives us the ability to focus on one thing at a time. And when you do finally complete one checkpoint, don’t let it go unnoticed.
You have win the battle in order to win the war.
This may sound cliche but at the end of the day, have you to win the battle in order to win the war. In other words, you can’t get to where you want to be without putting in the hard work day-to-day. Without the small wins, there would be no big celebration.
However, there is one caveat – you don’t have to win EVERY battle. Failure is going to happen and you should celebrate that as well. Celebrate what you’ve learned from it and use that to move on to your next step.