Imagine that you are working very hard today, but you are not getting anything in return. You won’t see any results until after a year. How do you feel? Dejected and demotivated, right? This is why celebrate small victories is so important. They inspire you and motivate you to do more.
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is to celebrate in life.”
Oprah Winfrey, billionaire media mogul, said it well: When we celebrate our life victories, the more we have in life to celebrate.
When we talk about setting goals, achieving what we want, and living a successful life, we are talking about the results we want in the distant future.
And when you only think about the future, a huge problem arises. It is true that what you want to achieve is in the future, but all you have to do is in the present moment.
Your future is created now rather than 20 years from now. It’s a shame that most people feel good when they think about their ideal future, but when it comes to the actions that are happening in the present moment, they just don’t want to.
Loss Of Motivation And Drive
Imagine your goal is to lose 8 kg in 3 months. You commit to going to the gym and exercising 5 days a week, and you have the right diet plan to eat more vegetables and fruits.
After the first week, you have lost a little weight, say, by about 0.8 kg. You feel good and continue to stick to your plan for the second week. After the second week, you stand on the scale and find that in this round you have lost only 0.3 kg.
As a result, you feel a little overwhelmed and start to lose motivation. There is a birthday party in the third week and you eat a lot at the party. The next day, you feel low on energy and feeling unwell, so you skip the gym.
By the end of the third week, your weight will not change. You do not lose or gain anything. You have completely lost your motivation to exercise because it is very exhausting and you feel drained.
More importantly, you don’t see significant results from your hard work.
This is when you decide to finish your goal and just give up.
Sounds familiar? I believe this happens to many of us. Not only for losing weight and keeping fit, but in all areas of our life.
The Cycle Of Success
People lose motivation and move quickly when they are not celebrating small victories.
Let’s see how success works below:
Action -> Result -> Wellness -> More Action -> More Result
Action -> Result -> No party, no wellness -> Less action -> Less result
Do you see a cycle of success here?
When you take action, you may or may not get the results you want, but it is more important to make you feel good about your progress.
If you take action and get the results you want, you are feeling great, celebrating, motivated, and ready to take more action to get even better.
On the other hand, if you take action and do not get the desired result or get only minor results, you do not celebrate your victories, you begin to lose confidence and motivation, and then you will put in less effort and get less results.
The key is to feel good about your progress. This is why it is important to celebrate small victories on your journey to success.
Yes, you can fail, make mistakes and not achieve the success you want, but you need to celebrate your progress.
As long as you are making progress and moving forward, you should celebrate because you put in the effort.
Did you understand?
Why Celebrating Your Progress Is Important?
Teresa M. Amabile from Harvard Business School conducted a study and analyzed nearly 12,000 newspaper entries from 238 employees at 7 companies and found something interesting. Teresa then published her research and called it The Principle of Progress.
Her research has shown that tracking small wins every day increases employee motivation. She then explained that when we record our progress and appreciate our small victories more, we increase our confidence.
And we can use this celebration of progress to do better in the future.
When we celebrate our victories, our brains release dopamine, which energizes us and makes us feel good. It forces us to act more and do more.
In short, celebrating your progress gives you greater motivation and confidence.
And when you feel motivated and confident, you will want to take more action.
13 Great Ways To Celebrate Small Victories
Now that you understand how success works and why celebrating your progress is so important. But how do you celebrate your victories?
Here are 13 great ways to celebrate your victories, no matter how big or small …
1. Recognize Your Progress
The first and most important thing you need to do to celebrate your progress is to acknowledge it.
If you don’t admit that you put in your best effort and you don’t feel good about your hard work, nothing you do will ever make you happy.
Recognizing your progress requires a change in your mindset. You need to change your thinking so that you feel good after all your actions.
It’s okay if you don’t get the results you want or even make mistakes. As long as you are doing something to make progress, you should be proud of it and feel happy.
Remember, there aren’t any failures, just lessons.
A prime example is the well-known inventor Thomas Edison. When people ask him about his failures, he replied:
“I didn’t lose. I just found 10,000 ways that don’t work. ”
Clearly, Edison did not consider his mistakes and failures to be “failures.” Instead, he acknowledged his progress and viewed his failures as lessons.
You must do the same while acknowledging your progress.
Remember, success is making progress. As long as you are moving forward and making progress, you should celebrate because you are one step closer to your dream.
2. Write Down Your Victories.
We all write down our goals, why not write down our victories and progress as well?
A 2010 study by Indiana University and researchers found that the brain worked much better when children were asked to write down words of comparison to when they were just studying from the blackboard.
Not only does it help you memorize better when you write something down. For these reasons, you should consider using an action plan template. Check out my guide below:
Very successful people like Richard Branson have said that he always carries a notebook with him and writes down all the ideas that come to him at random.
I write down my to-do lists every day and go through them several times a day. That helps me remember what to do.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of recording, read this article from the Shopify blog.
Another good reason to write down your victories and successes is when you feel overwhelmed, you can always look back on your accomplishments.
When you remember your accomplishments, they make you feel good and you are ready to conquer the world again.
Get yourself a diary. Write down your progress and everything related to achieving your desired success in life.
3. Give Yourself A Little Gift.
A great way to reward yourself is to give yourself a gift. Of course, depending on your progress, if you think you did a good job, give yourself a little gift. Likewise, if you’ve done a great job and accomplished something better, reward yourself more.
Here’s what Kevin Eikenberry, a leadership expert, says in one of his blog posts:
“Gifts can be a great addition to your holiday. How about a t-shirt, gift card, or something else? Again, culture and preference will play a role here – involve others so the gifts are perceived as valuable (not just ANOTHER coffee mug or pen). Don’t forget to make sure the value of the gift matches the purpose. “
So what do you love to give yourself as a gift for your hard work? It can be whatever you like and the gift doesn’t have to be expensive.
I once heard Eben Pagan, a successful internet marketer who has already made millions from his online business, say that he will give himself headphones as a reward for his hard work and progress.
Eben said that he can afford headphones at any time, but the main thing is to use the reward (headphones) as something to motivate him to work harder because it’s a gift he really loved.
And you? What types of gifts do you like getting? Use this as a reward to celebrate small victories and successes.
4. Food, Snacks And Coffee
You should celebrate your progress, however small. This is necessary so that you feel good and proud of even the slightest effort you put into it.
Success is about being consistent and working on important tasks every day that help you achieve your goals.
One of the most important tasks for all bloggers is to write content and publish on blogs. Another great way to stay motivated is to keep track of our daily progress.
If your goal is to write 1000 words a day, find a way to reward yourself after you’ve invested in hard work.
As for me, I don’t wait until my writing assignment is complete just to reward myself, instead, I prefer to be rewarded while I write content.
Every morning I make myself a cup of my favorite drink – coffee. And then I’ll sit down at my desk and start writing articles. Even now, as I write this article, there is coffee on my table.
Coffee is only one of many examples and awards you can use. You don’t have to use coffee as a reward. This can be anything as simple as tea, a healthy snack, a bar, a small piece of chocolate, etc.
5. Involve Others
Another good way to celebrate small victories is to attract others. Now you don’t want to involve anyone, but someone who supports you and cares for you.
When you share your little accomplishments with people who care and support you, they will be happy for you too. And they will also encourage you to move forward.
Sharing your victories with others is great because it makes you feel more responsible. It works the same way as a public commitment. When you announce your goals and share them with someone else, you risk yourself.
You feel eustress (positive stress) and feel obligated to take action and make progress.
Thus, find out with whom you can share your progress. And here’s a good article worth reading:
6. Make It An Event
I believe that you heard about it, saw it and attended it. Make your celebration an event to truly enjoy your progress.
Sure, you might not want to have a holiday event every day, but you can definitely hold one quarterly or semi-annually.
Have you been to a birthday party or annual company dinner before? It works the same way.
It doesn’t have to be a big party that costs thousands. You can do this on a small scale, such as hosting a monthly dinner together to reward everyone on your team for their hard work.
Even if you are a solo entrepreneur and work alone, you can still create a private event for yourself. You may be able to have a good dinner at the hotel or have a good tea session with your business partners.
The main thing is to make your celebration more formal, even if you are alone.
Plus, if you make it an event, be it a party or a one-person tea party, it will make life more enjoyable and you will look forward to it.
Sometimes you don’t need to be serious enough to incapacitate yourself. Life should be meaningful, not stressful.
Then take a break once in a while. Rejoice and celebrate small victories, my friend.
7. Pray And Be Grateful
Yes, prayer helps. Imagine someone praying to God in their hearts:
“Thank God for giving me the energy to complete this article and publish a new blog post today. I am happy and grateful to be able to accomplish this task. And I know that with your help, God, I can only get better and achieve even better results in the future. “
I am not a Christian and I don’t want to be overly religious, but many studies have shown that prayer is one of the best ways to be more successful in life.
When we pray, we speak to ourselves, planting good and positive thoughts in our subconscious.
If you want to know how prayer can help you succeed and gain momentum, read this article.
And if you don’t like the idea of praying, just take it as an exercise in gratitude.
Appreciate and be grateful for your efforts. Be grateful that you can complete your tasks and make progress to move forward.
When you pray or feel grateful, you create a state of peace in your mind. You will feel more peaceful, happier, and your self-confidence will increase. As a result, you will take more action to do better.
Develop Your Own Strength Techniques.
In sports, it is common to see professional athletes demonstrate their strength movements during play or when they score successes.
Tiger Woods, one of the brightest golfers in the world, demonstrates his power every time he makes a great shot. Take a look at the picture above. These are Tiger Woods’ strength moves.
Watch closely as Woods celebrates his victories. He makes a heavy duty cam pump.
Strength movements are a very common calibration method for professional athletes. Strength movements are how athletes “pat on the back.”
Do you know Michelle Jennecke, the Australian athlete and model who won the silver medal in the 100m hurdles at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics? Michelle also won the 100m hurdles at the 2016 Australian Athletics Championships to qualify for the Rio Olympics.
I mentioned her here not because of her accomplishments, but because of the warm-up before the race, which brought her to the attention of the world’s media.
This dance is her power movements. She dances every time before a run.
By the way, strength movements can also be used as an anchor to put you in peak condition so you can work at maximum efficiency.
Thus, develop your own strength techniques today. Every time after you have made progress, your strength movements are triggered. Make it your trademark.
9. Do What You Like And Like.
Do I need to expand on that? Well, wanna celebrate your progress? Just do what you like and like.
It’s simple: it can be gamed, sports, a glass of good wine, watching a movie, etc. Whatever you do, just make sure that the reward is what you are looking forward to.
When you look forward to what you love, thinking about it improves your energy levels and motivation.
According to Keith Denis, vice president and lead researcher who studied the impact of vacation in the workplace, where the project was funded by the U.S. Travel Association, it found:
“Workers who took 11 or more days off were more likely to receive a raise or bonus in the previous 3 years than workers who took 10 or fewer days off.”
That sounds good? Here’s what you need to know too:
Taking a break or vacation can awaken your creativity and inspiration. Did you know that the ideas for Instagram and the musical Hamilton were born on vacation?
I believe we all know the benefits of a vacation, but are we making our vacation dreams come true?
The vacation doesn’t have to cost you an arm or a leg, if you’re on a tight budget, you can always take a trip around the area as if it was a short trip. Hiking, fishing and being close to nature are great ways to recharge and relieve stress.
If you love to travel, try to arrange a trip abroad at least once a year to celebrate the achievement of your goals.
10. Take Time Or A Day Off
Yes, you should take a day off from time to time. Like a vacation concept, a day off can be just as rewarding, and you don’t have to leave your home or work.
Just take a break and do something else. Sure, you can do what you love or read a book about your business, but the best way is to completely take your mind off work.
When you are not mindful of your goals, you free your mind to focus on other things. This will boost your creativity and allow you to focus better when you get back to work.
One of the key benefits of the break is the Eureka moment.
When I was in physics class, I studied the Law of Buoyancy, founded by the famous scientist Archimedes. And I still remember how Archimedes discovered this principle.
He had a mission to solve a difficult problem, and he was busy thinking about it day in and day out. Until one day when he was taking a bath, he noticed that water leaked out of the bath after he got into it. An idea came up instantly, and that was his “aha” moment. Then Archimedes jumped out of the tub and ran straight into the street, shouting “Eureka!”
It is interesting to know that you can discover a life-changing principle while taking a bath.
Therefore, there is no need to rush. We simply cannot force the results. Everything will happen at the right time and in the right place.
So take it easy and take it easy. Let your mind, relax and discover new things.
11. Give Yourself A Reward
Have you ever thought about creating a reward for your hard work? Well, you can and should.
Not only trophies, you can also create certificates for yourself as a celebration of your victories.
This is definitely a great way to celebrate because, as humans, we all love recognition and want our hard work to be recognized.
The positive impact will be even stronger if you have a team and create a recognition system to reward them.
Plus, whenever you look at your trophies and awards, you feel good and ready to take action.
In the sports industry, winners will be awarded. And you can see the athletes working so hard to win competitions and become champions.
In the film industry, we have awards such as Oscars known as Oscars and Grammy awards in the music industry.
In schools, we share ourselves with grades and CGPA. Upon graduation, we have a diploma, an academic degree, and a doctorate. To evaluate our results.
These are all kinds of recognition. People are willing to work hard to get a Ph.D. And there are people who are willing to make sacrifices and go through tough times to win the Olympics.
So what awards can you bestow on yourself? Build recognition and give you a trophy for your progress. You put in the effort and you deserve it.
12. Share Your Victories.
This may sound like bragging, but trust me, if you do it right, it won’t be bragging, but a way of celebrating, and a good way to prepare yourself for more future success.
I think you have heard of parents who tell you about their children’s achievements, and they are proud of their children.
The same can happen to you when you announce your victories and share your progress with others. You will feel proud and more loyal because you risk your reputation.
Imagine you publish an article on your blog and it goes viral on social media. Thousands of people are sharing this article and you will love it.
Now guess what will happen next? Your confidence grows. You feel good and are taking even more action to get more quality articles published on your blog.
My friend, success breeds success.
When you achieve your goals, you feel good, you share great news with the people who support you, and then you will work harder to achieve even better results.
This is why you need to celebrate small victories, no matter how small they are, whether you succeed or fail. As long as you are making progress, you should celebrate.
13. Appropriate Concept Of Remuneration.
In her book Better Than Before, she talks a lot about building positive and good habits. And one of them is nothing more than a celebration of your success. When we celebrate by rewarding ourselves, Gretchen says, it’s always best to receive a reward that develops and strengthens the habit itself.
For example, if you love jogging and have done and successfully run according to your plan for one month in a row, you can reward yourself by buying yourself a pair of new sneakers.
This reward will not only make you feel great, but the shoes (reward) will also encourage you to run even more. The reward reinforces the habit of running.
If you want to be a successful blogger, you need to make it a habit to write every day. And for most bloggers, they commit to writing at least 1000 words a day or publishing at least a blog post a week.
The key here is to create a habit of writing or posting messages. And you can reinforce your writing habit by rewarding yourself appropriately.
If you followed your plan and didn’t miss a day to write 1000 words, by the end of the month, reward yourself with something to help you write, such as a stylish new mouse, a comfortable ergonomic chair, good quality headphones so you can listen. Favorite music while writing.
I believe this is the best way to use the rewards. It is true that we must celebrate our progress and all our victories, but we must also do it right.
By the way, I highly recommend reading Gretchen’s book Better Than Before. She explains how our habits are formed and how you can adopt new habits to make your life better.
I hope you’ve learned a lot about how to reward yourself for your victories and celebrate your victories in this guide. Let me know how you celebrate your victories in the comments section below.
For now, let’s take a quick look at 13 ways to celebrate:
- Recognize your progress
- Write down your victories
- Give yourself a little gift
- Food, snacks and coffee
- Involve others
- Make it an event
- Pray and be grateful
- Develop Your Own Strength Techniques
- Do what you like and like
- Take time or a day off
- Make yourself a reward
- Share your victories
- Relevant reward concept
Do you think this list is good enough?
My friend, remember the cycle of success. The more you celebrate your victories, the more victories you will have.