Power in Small Successes
How often do you accomplish a long-awaited goal, only to blow right past it when you arrive? You take a moment to reflect on progress. Then your mind quickly moves on to the next goal.
I recently finished the first submission for my book, Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection. While I was happy about my accomplishment, I experienced a sense of loss. I expected to feel elated. Rather, I felt as if my oldest son had gone off to college. I didn’t even stop to reflect on how much time and energy was invested. I didn’t pause to celebrate my success.
In many ways, I was more motivated than ever. I quickly made plans for all I hoped to achieve before the end of the year. I set loftier goals for 2019. I even came up with ideas for my second and third books. It was exciting. I had finally reached my target. Yet, my accomplishment somehow felt insignificant.
You may be bound and determined to succeed. Commitment keeps you going. A desire to make progress helps you to stay motivated. But when you arrive, thoughts quickly shift to indifference. Without even blinking an eye, you move on to the next task.
Celebrating your successes is vital. An acknowledgment of how far you've come gives you the courage to go even further. It’s also helpful to break big goals down into smaller, attainable steps.
Writing my book was a long-term goal. It took roughly five years to finish. Sadly, I made the process far more daunting than it needed to be. I didn’t celebrate small victories along the way. I merely visualized what it would be like when my book was complete. This caused me to feel overwhelmed, as it seemed the moment would never arrive.
Would I have finished more quickly had I rewarded myself? I can’t say for sure. But, I certainly learned from this experience. I now understand the importance of breaking goals down into small steps, as well as the benefits of celebrating even the most minor triumphs along the way.
Long-term goals are great. After all, they give you something to shoot for. But weekly and monthly goals should be set as well. Every level of achievement has value. Success breeds future success. The more motivated you are throughout the process, the more you'll accomplish. In turn, you'll see results more quickly.
As you set out to accomplish big goals, be kind to yourself. If you hope to help and inspire others, you must first encourage yourself. This will give you strength and endurance for the road ahead.
If you're going from success to success without even pausing to reflect, today is a new day. This is your opportunity to turn things around for the positive. Don’t dwell on how far you have to go. Reflect on how far you’ve already come. When you do, you’ll find that you’ve done far more than you give yourself credit for.
There really is power in small successes. Even the smallest victory has value and should be celebrated. A shift in mindset will improve your energy level. You’ll accomplish more with ease. And you’ll enjoy the journey as head to your destination.
If you're ready to find power in small successes, let’s talk.
Julie Barbera, author of the forthcoming book, Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection
“Treasures Are Right Before Our Eyes, yet Many Miss Gems Searching for Pearls at the Bottom of the Sea.”