I think we don’t take enough time to congratulate ourselves for our small achievements. I also believe that we sometimes pay little attention to our smaller accomplishments because we become so focused on our long-term goals.
We all have different long-term targets. For a student like me, getting through exams is a big objective. Accountants usually can’t wait until the end of tax season and everyone always looks forward to the next week or two of time off from work.
When you become too fixated on these long-term goals, you lose sight of your daily triumphs. If you often think about how your big goal hasn’t been reached yet and how you wish it would be done with already, the negativity can start to build within you. This can lead to fatigue and discouragement.
However, if you take a moment to congratulate yourself for a small task you completed, you start creating some positive momentum. This positive energy will keep you going through the tough times. For example, during the first few months of my first year of university, I always had trouble getting around the university’s central building. I never understood the layout. I would always use the outside entrance to get to the cafeteria because I wasn’t sure how to get there through the inside of the building. One November morning, I finally figured out how to navigate through this building. I stopped and gave myself an imaginary pat on the back. Even though this tiny accomplishment had very little to do with my long-term objective at the time, this bit of praise I gave to myself not only made my day a little better, but it also gave me a fair amount of power and stamina to continue striving toward my goal.
You don’t have to pop a bottle of Champagne for every tiny achievement, but taking the time to acknowledge these achievements will inspire you a little and give you the motivation you need during the daily grind.
Giving yourself an imaginary round of applause for those small victories will also help you live more in the moment. Oftentimes, we aren’t very mindful and we just rush through things without taking the time to look back on what we have accomplished.
So, next time you accomplish something small, just stop for a moment and congratulate yourself. You don’t have to do this for each tiny victory, but congratulating yourself for reaching small objectives once in a while can definitely give you a boost of positive energy during those difficult moments.