There is some joy to be had in celebrating small victories. It’s not quite as great as fulfilling something great, but it definitely keeps you away from the doldrums.
Today, I am celebrating the small victories:
- I’ve reached day 10 of my diet.
- I’ve learned to live wothout sugar.
- I’m on a two-day streak of reading my Bible first thing in the morning.
- I now have four posts on my brand new blog.
- I did something brave and said hello to someone I don’t usually greet.
- I smiled at a stranger.
And okay, so the stranger was my Uber driver – it still counts. And the point is, with every new victory, with ever new achievement, even though I don’t tick off all the boxes, I ticked off some of them. And that is good enough.
Of course you shouldn’t give up on trying to get where you want to go. I still have a long way to go as far as my personal goals are concerned. I still have my work cut out for me and looming mointains to climb. I have a whole lot to get done…
But I can’t do it while wallowing in guilt, doubt, disappointment and self pity. It’s the small victories that really matter in the end.
So you didn’t get first place, at least you participated!
So you didn’t participate, at least you cheered!
So you cheated on the second day of your diet, you made it for one whole day!
So you only managed one push-up, that’s one more push-up than before!
So you ran a few metres and walked the rest of the way, at least you made it to the finish line!
These small achievements should stop us from feeling so down and being so hard on ourselves. Defeatist thoughts like ” I can never commit to it” or “I can’t possibly make it” or “that will never work” have never achieved anything.
I’ve heard, lots of times, about Edison and his experiments as he tried to invent the light bulb. He celebrated his little victories with a positive message. He didn’t fail 9,999 (?) times, he found 9,999 (?) ways that his experiment wouldn’t work.
Here’s to those small achievements that we keep overlooking.
They keep us sane. They keep us content. They keep is grounded. They give us the true meaning of reality – the good and the bad.
And finally, a quote from the Doctor:
“The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice-versa, the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things and make them unimportant.”
-The Doctor, Doctor Who-
So, who’s with me? Small victories rock!