I love a big win. Work, home, financial, personal–no matter what life area it’s in, setting a big goal and achieving that big WIN can be exhilarating and rewarding and definitely worthy of big celebration.
The downside, of course, is all that time in between the setting and achieving parts. It’s hard to stay focused when celebration is so far off in the distance and even harder to stay motivated with all of the ups and downs along the way.
Or is that just me?
When I first started my quest for better health, I chose the path of small steps simply because that seemed more manageable. Also, I really had no idea how/what/when/where I wanted to go in the future and figured that would give me time to evaluate and decide. I didn’t really have a goal of losing 100 pounds when I started. I just wanted to live better and have more energy.
As it turned out, taking the small steps approach was a really good decision on my part, because a) it worked, and b) I got to celebrate a whole bunch of small wins along the way!
Accumulating and celebrating small victories has many benefits, among them:
- builds confidence
- promotes a positivity mindset
- silences the inner critic
- eliminates the all-or-nothing mentality
- creates momentum and a desire for more victories
- allows time for evaluation and adjustment
- results in frequent celebration
When you focus on small wins, small accomplishments get recognized and rewarded. They aren’t lost in the many steps of achieving the big WIN.
Having big goals is a good thing, but if you’re like me and tend to get lost in the bigness, you might want to take the scenic route via small wins.
In the end, the best path for me turned out to be…both. My big fuzzy goal of better health/greater energy was with me all along, but the path was filled with many smaller goals to be undertaken. And many wins to be celebrated.
Big win or small win–they’re ALL wins and cause for recognition!
Do you celebrate the small wins? Or are you a ‘go big or go home’ type person?