Celebrating small wins is an important way to track incremental achievements and work toward much larger goals. Plus, it makes you feel good more often.
In a study of how everyday life inside organizations can influence a person’s performance, researchers analyzed nearly 12,000 diary entries from 238 employees across seven companies. They found that capturing small wins every day enhances a worker’s motivation. Simply recording progress in some way helps to boost self-confidence and can be put to use toward future successes.
There is science behind this thought process too. When you accomplish something, it activates the reward center of our brains, allowing us to feel a sense of pride. Specifically, the neurochemical dopamine is released and energizes us with feel-good emotions. This chemical helps you to experience the feeling of getting rewarded and can hook you on wanting to achieve even more.
These modest behavior changes set off a positive chain reaction for even bigger developments later on.
First, let’s establish what a “small win” is. Small wins are anything you accomplish that aligns with your intentions. They can be related to work, personal or professional relationships, habit changes, and or finances. Small wins can be easy to gloss over, especially if you’ve been raised on a diet of self-criticism and perfectionism.
Let’s say that you intend to be less judgmental of others. A small win might simply be noticing when you start to think something judgmental about how someone else says the word “milk.” Even though the thought still popped into your head when they pronounced it “melk,” you at least noticed yourself in the thought.
Paying attention to your thoughts opens the door for you to question why everyone must pronounce words the same way. This is awareness, and as they say, awareness is the key to successful life changes.
5 reasons why we should celebrate win.
5 reasons to celebrate small wins.
They say that education is the most important investment you’ll ever make. Imagine if you are trying to get your degree, but you self-criticize to the point of having major test anxiety. If you don’t offer yourself some patience and compassion, it doesn’t matter how much money you throw at your education—you’ll never finish the degree!
Therefore, self-love is the greatest investment you will ever make. You are the only person you will know for the entirety of your life. When you love yourself unconditionally, you will be able to navigate any life obstacle or storm. Celebrating your small victories is just one of so many ways to take care of yourself.
2. Boost energy.
Wins can be small or big but on accomplishments, a person will always find a way to boost their energy. It can be through throwing a party with partners or family or it can be spending a holiday. After each wins, these are a way to boost energy and build a stronger mind for further challenges. It is true that upcoming challenges are unknown. Accepting any kind of challenge is unpredictable, cherishing wins will always help to develop and boost a better mindset.
Helping others and encouraging them to develop the different scopes to celebrate happiness is a kind of inspiration. Success celebration can be on a cup of coffee or evening snacks with friends or families. It can be alone and providing a treat to only yourself when you are not ready or want to celebrate with anyone. Celebrating with families and friends inspires others as you share happiness while on other hand celebrating alone inspires you for a warmer tomorrow.
4. Reminds as memories and milestones.
On achieving single milestones, these celebrations remain as memories. Each time any single achievement is recorded in milestones celebrating it always gives a feeling of a winner. Even when there are hard times around them it is the memories that carry on inspiring a person.
Good times always are great teachers to remain positive and keep trying until the entire work or target is accomplished. It always enables you to develop a feeling of pride whenever there is no way to appreciate your goodness.
5. Personal and Professional Growth.
Acknowledging small victories helps you keep track of how far you’ve come. This is especially helpful when you’re trying to instill a new habit or make a lifestyle change.
Behavioral changes can be some of the biggest challenges we undertake. They can also be the most beneficial when you’re on the path to personal or professional growth and development. It can be easy to fall into the “all or nothing” trap.
For instance, a lot of people feel that if they can’t achieve a behavioral change—like quitting smoking—the first time they try, then they might as well give up.
Positive reinforcement through celebrating small wins helps you get back on track after taking a temporary detour. “I only had 3 cigarettes today” might be a small victory that would lead you to only having 2 tomorrow.
Growth in any area of life is a process, and this process requires the use of tools. Celebrating the little things is an intentional tool you’ll want to use when you’re in the process of becoming the person you have been saying you want to be.