“You may not be where you want to be but thank God you aren’t where you used to be” – Joyce Meyer
It’s easy to forget to celebrate the small victories in your life. Especially when things aren’t going so well. When I’m really struggling with anxiety, it’s difficult to focus my mind long enough to tidy my room, wash the dishes or cook a meal.
I find it particularly difficult when I see everyone else around me hitting the big time. They’re buying houses, getting married, having kids. Whilst these things might not necessarily be something I want to achieve in my life, it can get discouraging to see other people your age hitting huge milestones while you’re seemingly lagging behind. Especially when everyone else’s achievements are flooding your Facebook feed on a daily basis!
If this sounds like something you’re going through – I am right there with you my friend! But I’m here to tell you that your little milestones are JUST AS IMPORTANT and deserve just as much merit.
What is a Small Victory?
A small victory can really be anything.They’re little tasks that are easily written off, but when you’re feeling low or demotivated, they can take a huge amount of effort.
Small Victories Can Be a Personal Achievement
An example of a small victory for me would be making sure that I incorporated some form of self-care into my day. I work full-time 9-5 and then dedicate most of my free-time to running this blog. I often forget to schedule a bit of time to do something else I enjoy, like reading a book or catching up on one of my favourite TV series.
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Some other small personal victories I like to celebrate are:
- Clearing out my e-mail inbox – work and personal!
- Walking to work each day and resisting temptation to order a taxi! (because that’s exercise AND money saved!)
- Ticking off a box on my blogging to-do list (it’s a lengthy one!)
- Sleeping right through the night
- Making an appointment/plan and sticking to it
- Returning a phone call instead of chickening out and sending a text/e-mail instead
Small Victories Can Simply Be Great Things About Your Day
- It’s Friday – you’ve made it to the end of the week!
- Leaving work in daylight
- Waking up in the middle of the night and realising you still have 4 hours to sleep before your alarm
- When the traffic lights turn green just as you arrive
- Finding money you forgot about in your coat pocket
For the rest of this post, I’m going to be focusing on the personal victories.
Why Celebrate the Small Victories?
Progress Feels Good and Small Victories Add Up
Progress, no matter how small, feels good. It motivates you to carry on and brings you closer to that light at the end of the tunnel. If you’ve set yourself a BIG goal – chances are, it’s going to take a while to achieve. That’s why we should celebrate the small milestones. They’ll give you the confidence you need to believe that you can succeed in your goal. Set yourself weekly or monthly targets – it will be a huge boost to your confidence every time you hit them.
One of my goals for this year was to stop spending money on things I don’t need. I know I’m not going to have an extra £1,000 in my savings overnight – but every time I have money left over from my wages at the end of the month and I transfer it into my savings, I think that deserves a pat on the back!
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How To Celebrate Small Victories
This part is easy – reward yourself with something that will make you smile. Some of the things I like to do to celebrate a small victory are:
- Call my mum and tell her!
- Treat myself to my favourite meal
- Take a night off – unplug my laptop, schedule my pins/social media posts and RELAX
However, sometimes I find that feeling like I’ve achieved something is reward enough. There’s no right or wrong way to celebrate – it’s up to you!
Finally, it’s so important to remember to place the focus on how far you have come. Not where you think you should be, or how far you still need to go. All progression is good progression. I’m going to leave you all with a quote that, in my opinion, sums up this post pretty well!
“Small victories are better than none” – Neal Shusterman
Let me know your most recent small victory and how you celebrated!