Celebrate Your Small Wins
Did you get the trash out before the trash man came? Did you rock that presentation you were so nervous about? Did you get the kids off to school with homemade lunches? You are awesome! Sometimes we forget about these little daily wins, but they are really important to your happiness and to your confidence. We always here “Don’t sweat the small stuff” but you never hear “Celebrate the small wins”, because we always worry about the small stuff, but we never allow ourselves to get excited over the little victories we have in our lives.
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Here is an example, my husband and I went camping for a few days at a new campground. When I reviewed the state park and checked ‘camping spaces’ there were 2 options, a 50′ back in spot or a pull through spot. The back in spots were around $10 bucks cheaper than the pull through spots and there were more options. I figured a 50′ back in spot equals room to back in a 50′ rig. My rig is around 35′ so I should have no problem fitting my rig into one of these spots, right?
Wrong. When we got there it was tight, really tight, my husband was thinking ‘no way are we get this thing in there’, he even suggested going back to the camp office to ask to switch to a pull through. But I wasn’t ready to give in just yet, there were a few spots that I figured I had half a chance at getting into, so my husband guided me and I jacked that bad boy right around into that spot! I jumped out of the truck and said, “Did you see that!” Heck yea I did that! Did I conquer the world or cure a major disease, no. Did I make 10’s of thousands of dollars or rid the world of hunger, no. I didn’t do any of those things, but what I did do was something that I wasn’t sure that I could do, and that gave me a reason to celebrate.
What is a Small Win?
A small win is anything that you do that you weren’t really sure that you could do. For some people that might be just getting out of bed, for others, it might be finally getting that rose bush to grow. Maybe you finally made the perfect omelet, maybe you hung that new light fixture over the dining room table, maybe you figured out how to get the DVR to record your favorite show. These things are not going to change the world, but they do make you smile and give you a confidence boost at the same time. Often times in life we are so stuck in looking at all of the bad things in the world we forget to celebrate these little things that make us smile. Our little stretches of ourselves help us to get too big stretches, they help us reach a little farther and try a little harder.
It’s Okay to Get Excited
Somewhere in the world, we became stodgy adults. In our lives of seriousness and work people who get excited about things might be considered a little squirrelly to all of those other stodgy adults, but the question is why? Why are we trying to impress all of those other grumpy adults? Embrace your excitement and let it show. Look at my story above, let’s say I hold my excitement in and play Cool Hand Luke, who benefits? I don’t because I am hiding my emotions, my husband doesn’t because I have added nothing to the conversation. When I jump out of the truck and say “did you see that” with a little fist pump, I get to celebrate and my husband gets to enjoy my excitement. He gets to smile and enjoy my pleasure, which brings me right to my next point.
Tell Someone Else
So you got the kids off or got the presentation done or whatever it is that is making you feel like you accomplished something slightly more than you thought you could, now it is time to share your joy with someone else. Sharing your happiness often makes other people happy and let’s face it a party of 1 is a little boring, why not invite your friends to the party? Write it down, text someone, post it on Facebook, just don’t let it fly by you.
One day I was in a hurry, I got up late and was running around trying to get everything set for the day, get the animals fed and get out the door. I ran into the bathroom to get a quick shower and shave my legs and I forget to shave one leg. The next day I was not quite as rushed, I got up on time, did a little preplanning the night before and remembered to shave both legs. I put a post on Facebook “remembered to shave BOTH legs today”. Judging by the responses I got, I am not the only one who has done this before.
Use Your Stretch Power
So the kids are off to school on time, you are dressed and ready for work and you have 5 extra minutes, BOO YA! Wow, that feels great doesn’t it, that 5 minutes to breathe feels like an hour. Here is where you can stretch the little into a little bit bigger, can you do it tomorrow? Not for the next month in a row, but just tomorrow. Maybe you can pre-make a few parts of the lunches for the kids, or pre-make part of breakfast the next morning. Can you make it easier? Once you have a little bit of success, you will be more motivated to duplicate it and maybe even make it better. This is why celebrating these little wins is so important, if you don’t recognize that you did something worth celebrating, you will not benefit as much from that small win.
Time to Celebrate!
At the end of the week, look back over what you have done that week. Shaved both legs, check. Got dinner made three days this week, check. Mailed out the bills on time, check. Look at what you did and allow yourself to sit back and enjoy a glass of wine or a glass of cold ice tea and revel in your awesomeness.
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