It’s 2024 already – time seems to be racing ahead!
This year I started NYE with a lot of thinking. Over the past few months, a sense of inadequacy has crept in. Juggling roles as a mom, worker, and woman, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was falling short. The negativity was overwhelming, and I knew something had to change.
Taking a step back, I pondered my purpose and how to navigate the challenges of having multiple roles. That’s why I kept asking whys until someday, out of the blue, the concept of “small wins” unexpectedly entered the picture and it changed my perspective.
If I were to explain what a small win is in a simple way, I’d describe it as steps in a journey – tiny yet purposeful moves that add up to progress in our goals. Sometimes, I think it’s also necessary to count and celebrate it too, at least to make ourselves better and help the mind.
Well, now, I try to write down my five reasons why I’ve decided to embrace the practice of celebrating small wins in life:
- It reduces stress
Stress, often fueled by overthinking and excessive worry, can be overwhelming. Celebrating small wins helps break down the complexity of goals into manageable steps, alleviating the burden of overanalyzing. I think this step is like solving a puzzle; you put piece by piece together to make a complete and satisfying picture. Each small win is a puzzle piece, and as you celebrate them, you’re assembling a mosaic of achievements that gradually forms the beautiful picture of success.
- It makes you more human and grateful
Celebrating small wins brings out the human side in us. It fosters a sense of gratitude by redirecting our focus from what’s lacking to what we’ve achieved. This shift in perspective helps create a more balanced and appreciative mindset. It also prevents me from taking things for granted. It turns out there are many little aspects in life to be grateful for that sometimes we miss out on.
- It’s still a progress of your goals
Small wins are building blocks for larger goals. Recognizing and celebrating these incremental achievements not only provides a sense of accomplishment but also propels you forward on the path to achieving your broader aspirations. Small progress is still progress, so I try not to underestimate my own achievements toward goals. Every step, no matter how small, contributes to the journey, and acknowledging these moments of progress helps me stay motivated and focused on the bigger picture.
- It enhances self-awareness
Regularly acknowledging and celebrating small wins cultivates self-awareness. It helps you understand your strengths and areas for improvement, empowering you to refine your strategies and approaches for continued growth. Don’t stress out about how you will celebrate it. Keep it simple and effective, as straightforward as treating yourself with sweets, taking a 10-minute break on social media, or even granting yourself the pleasure of watching one episode of your favorite show during your hectic day. The key is to appreciate the small victories in a way that fits seamlessly into your routine, making the celebration an easy and enjoyable part of your journey.
- Encourages consistency
Celebrating small wins reinforces the importance of consistent effort. By recognizing progress along the way, you’re more likely to stay motivated and committed to your goals, fostering a habit of regular achievement. For instance, if your goal is to finish reading a set number of books in a year, celebrating small wins could involve acknowledging each completed chapter or reaching a certain percentage of your overall reading target. This not only keeps you motivated but also establishes a routine of regular reading, making the larger goal of finishing a set number of books in a year more achievable. The joy of celebrating these smaller accomplishments becomes a powerful driving force in maintaining your commitment to the larger reading goal.
In closing, the journey of life is made up of countless small steps, each deserving of recognition. By celebrating these small wins, we not only reduce stress and foster gratitude but also pave the way for a more self-aware, consistent, and fulfilling life.
Once again, happy new year 2024! Here’s to a year filled with appreciating the little victories that make life extraordinary!