In the course of goal setting, every small step successfully completed is a step toward a milestone for the goal. Every milestone reached is an important step toward the goal. Every failure successfully overcome is a victory in itself.
However, many people focus and dwell on all the work still needed toward the final goal. While looking ahead is important, celebrating small wins has much more potential to help you. Here's why:
|A positive mind-set||Celebrating small wins can be as simple as commending yourself for successfully completing a small step. We are often our own worst critic. We are very quick to point out how we got up late, did not finish a job on time, or did not achieve what we set out to do. This kind of self-talk breeds a negative, critical mind-set.|
|Motivation to continue||In long-term goals especially, it is necessary to feel motivated throughout the journey. Celebrating small successes along the way is an easy way to get that motivation. Be cognizant of every small accomplishment you have and use it to remind yourself how far you have already come. Use small wins and the thrill you get from them as reasons to continue on the journey.|
|Support and encouragement from others||Celebrating small wins also involves sharing the news with family, friends, and your supporters. The more you recognize and share your smaller achievements the more encouragement and support you will receive from others. This can help you sustain through the inevitable challenges you will face in your journey.|
|Focus on the present||Celebrating small wins helps you to stay focused on the present.|