I’ve been thinking a lot about progress and what it means to move in the direction of the goals we set out to accomplish in life. Our professional career, success inside challenge we face with our kids, our relationships, the physical goals we set for ourselves, whatever it is—professional or personal–how do we do it, how do we get to where we are going?
The big breakthrough or opportunity for grandeur forward motion can feel like luck and timing, which isn’t always on our side. Getting to where we want to go doesn’t always come easy. When we get stuck, what motivates us to get back on track and continue striving? How do we move forward and stay inspired? I think it’s in seeking and celebrating small wins. Starting first with what comes easy.
What if we started giving ourselves some credit and acknowledgement for the everyday, consistent things we are already doing well? Regardless of the day or season in life, small wins are in there somewhere. Taking a shower to get your day started, making your bed in the morning, staying caught up on returning calls and emails at work, showing up early for an appointment, making dinner when you really want takeout, whatever comes most easy to you in this moment. Start with celebrating in these little spaces you might be overlooking because it’s not the big win or end goal. This is the place of intention, the middle, where a lot of our work often goes unnoticed.
Little wins create an opening for motivation and progress. A place where upward, forward motion already exists.
We ought to be easier on ourselves, give a little grace and space from our lofty dreams and goals. When we stop for a moment and take notice of what is working and where we are showing-up, we find an opportunity to regain momentum. I believe our greatest motivation to keep striving comes in celebration of these little everyday decisions we’re making along the way. Seek to celebrate and take the small win. You’ve earned it and it’s quite possibly the beginning of something bigger ahead.