Goals give our lives direction & meaning and help us become better versions of ourselves. But have you ever tried to reach a big goal only to eventually give up? As humans, we tend to notice our shortcomings more & beat ourselves up about it. Poor performances are quickly condemned in our minds, and guilt can rise to the surface. Our mindset can bring us down when we feel we’ve failed, and this usually results in giving up on dreams and goals.
When it comes to success, it’s important to realize that our big goals aren’t going to happen overnight. We can realize our goals in the next week or maybe even the next year, and this is okay. And withing every big goal, there are a number of smaller goals/steps one might need to accomplish in order to get to the bigger goal. More often than not, we tend to focus on the end goals rather than the small and significant steps we take to get us there.
This is why it’s important to acknowledge and celebrate small wins. When we don’t celebrate these small wins, we end up diminishing our motivation, and motivation is what keeps us on the right path and gives us the strength to soldier on to the top of the mountain. Acknowledging small wins sparks the reward circuits of our brains and releases chemicals that give us a feeling of pride and a happiness factor, making us want to go further towards our next achievement. So how can you begin to celebrate small wins? Look no further! Here’s our guide to celebrating small wins.
1. Break Down Your Goals
You don’t want to focus on the bigger picture, as tempting as that can be. Making sure to create small, achievable goals will allow you to see your progress more clearly, and achieving these small successes will help you feel good with each little step. When faced with a large goal, our minds can slip into the habit of procrastination. Smaller goals can help avoid this.
2. Track Your Progress
Oftentimes, we give up because we are unaware of how close we are to success and forget how much we’ve done. Writing down and tracking your progress will remind you of how far you’ve come in achieving your goal. Making it a practice to write down all the small wins is super helpful as seeing them written down can be a reward in itself.
3. Reward Yourself
Think about what you enjoy the most, and do this each time you complete a step. This could be anything from treating yourself to your favorite snack or even taking a trip somewhere. Having something to look forward to creates motivation since you’ll be looking forward to the fulfilling reward after crushing your goals.
4. Change Your Perspective
When we focus too much on the end goal, it can seem too far away to get to. Instead of thinking of it as climbing a mountain, try thinking about achieving your goal as descending a mountain with perhaps a few nice restaurants (rewards & small wins) to stop off at and relax on the way down. Enjoying your incremental progress in this way will make long-term goals feel easier and more appealing to achieve in the long run.
5. Don’t Pressure Yourself
While we realize some goals may have strict deadlines, we urge you to ease up on such strictness when it comes to personal goals. Give yourself time to be human and the grace to create the person you’re trying to be (but also keep yourself accountable so that there’s something to celebrate). Putting strict deadlines on your goals can lead to potential feelings of failure, even when there are small victories along the way. Be flexible with your time limits, and this will increase your happiness and motivation as you celebrate small wins.
That’s it for our guide on celebrating the small wins! Be sure to download the Natrella App (available on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store) & begin celebrating yourself for your wins -big & small!
Goals are hard work, and you deserve a treat as you work toward them. Stay safe & remember to celebrate yourself today!