Celebrate The Small Wins, Reach For The Big Wins

Constantly Winning Is The Best Boost You Can Get

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I personally fail a lot.

On the flip-side, I also win a lot. Small wins, but wins nonetheless. Small wins, when working towards the same goal, become a “big” win.

Do you ever recognize your small wins?

  • If your goal is to lose weight, and you lost 1 kg, do you write it down somewhere?
  • If your goal is to stop smoking and you haven’t smoked for 2 days, do you write it down somewhere?
  • Do you write on Medium and got published for the first time? Do you write it down somewhere?

See my point?

I realized that ever since I started writing on Medium back in January, I’ve noted pretty much every achievement I could have. And that, folks, boosted my motivation tenfold!

Here are some examples (feel free to skip a few if that’s too long…):

                                                    First front page of The Startup

                                                   First front page of The Startup

                                                                First great comment

                                                               First great comment

 Person clapping for both myself and  Benjamin P. Hardy , Medium’s top writer

Person clapping for both myself and Benjamin P. Hardy, Medium’s top writer

                                                         First tweet by The Startup

                                                        First tweet by The Startup

                                 First full-feature + over 30 fans in less than 2 hours

                                First full-feature + over 30 fans in less than 2 hours

          First top writer email I received from Medium, again, next to  Benjamin P. Hardy

         First top writer email I received from Medium, again, next to Benjamin P. Hardy

                                             Zdravko Cvijetic  clapping for all my stories

                                           Zdravko Cvijetic clapping for all my stories

                                           Awesome comment by  MR. Molly Maguire

                                          Awesome comment by MR. Molly Maguire

                                              Awesome comment by  That Helpful Dad

                                             Awesome comment by That Helpful Dad

                                         When I became top #1 writer in Travel

                                        When I became top #1 writer in Travel

     This comment by Abdullah A. Amien (sorry I couldn’t find your username) made my week.

    This comment by Abdullah A. Amien (sorry I couldn’t find your username) made my week.

Anyway, I could go on and on. I have a notebook full of those little achievements.

But you see my point, right?

I don’t say that to brag. I just want to show you the importance of recognizing your little wins. None of the ones I posted above are particularly “epic”.

You can imagine the amount of motivation I got for continuing writing after all those little things!

Now that’s what I’m proposing for you:

Whatever your goals are, “celebrate” all the little wins towards them, and you’ll see that, over time, they add up and dramatically boost your motivation.

The subject for this story actually came up to me yesterday when I made my first sale for VikingBoutique.com. And you can guess, I took a screenshot!

                                                 First sale on VikingBoutique.com

                                                First sale on VikingBoutique.com

That same day, I had two other wins: I got confirmation from a leatherworker artisan that they’re willing to partner up with me for Viking Boutique, and I found a firm willing to help promote the store for free as their firm’s first client.

Guess what I did?

That’s correct, I took note of it!

                                                   Viking Boutique Achievements

                                                  Viking Boutique Achievements

Conclusion

Whatever it is that you do or work towards, you have to realize that your journey to success will come in a series of wins and fails.

Wins, however small, help you keep going through hard times.

When times are tough, you can always refer back to the wins you noted, and remember why you did it in the first place.

I keep writing because I keep receiving comments like the ones above.

I keep improving Viking Boutique because of great comments I get from people when I pitch it to them. Plus, I made a sale!

Why do you keep doing what you do?

Do you ever think about quitting? (Believe it or not, I do. This trick helps me greatly)

So I say to you:

Don’t quit on “failure”. Learn from it. Remember your small wins. Celebrate them. Collect them. Refer to them frequently. Remember your ultimate goal. Small wins lead to big wins.

You can do this!

Thanks for reading and sharing! :) 

First published here: https://medium.com/swlh/celebrate-the-small-wins-reach-for-the-big-wins-7ed4fde928aa