When is the last time you did a victory dance for making your bed? If your age was in the single digits or you just can’t recall, let’s have a chat. Achieving a goal like graduating, opening a business, landing a job, nailing a presentation or losing 10 pounds is a big deal and is usually rewarded. We celebrate with dinner, champagne, a fancy soiree, or a night out with friends. But what about the small wins that led up to those goals? You know, like completing a few tasks on your to-do list, exercising and meditating regularly, or organizing your pantry.
Believe it or not, these small actions that seem small contribute to your overall success and happiness and therefore deserve that victory dance. By sticking to these little things that make life more joyous, serene and productive, it’s easier to reach your larger goals.
These five celebrations will give your mini wins the props they deserve.
Share the News With Someone
Little tip? Tell someone who often motivates you, as they will be just as excited for your small success as you are. Hearing someone else express that they’re proud of you for nailing down a good habit is motivating and will help you continue to stick to it. Plus, it’s so good to know someone else is in your corner, also cheering you on.
Give Yourself a Gift
A small gift for a small win is always fitting. Did you make your bed every day or did you finally call the repairman to fix the gutters? Treat yourself to your favorite dessert or some flowers to reinforce the message that you really did well.
Write Them Down
You never realize how amazing you truly are until you write down all the good things you did throughout your week. Get a journal specifically for bragging about yourself daily, and reread everything you did at the end of the week. Not only is it a major confidence booster, but it will motivate you to continue your winning streak.
Do Something You Enjoy
Read, play a game, watch a movie, drink a glass of wine – do something that makes you happy. It will feel even better knowing that you earned it. And if you plan an activity ahead of time, you’ll be more eager to complete those to-dos.
Take the Night/Weekend Off
You deserve it after all! Take a step back and really think about all the positive things you did in a day, you’ll be surprised how much credit we don’t give ourselves. Organizing our desk, to making our bed, eating breakfast, ticking the mindless tasks off our to-do list that normally get overshadowed by the larger ones – all of these actions are something to celebrate.
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey
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