2022 is upon us and for many of us, it’s a time to reflect and restrategize.
However, in our rush to stay ahead, many of us may overlook the significance of tiny victories.
I’ve never been good at recognizing and applauding my accomplishments, big or small.
As a content provider, this has been amplified twice, much to my disgust.
The majority of us, as creators, do this. We either forget about celebrations or save them for special occasions.
And what a calamity that is.
The inclination to focus on the big picture, often at the sacrifice of minor wins, is built into the nature of entrepreneurship and content production.
You do not, however, have to agree with this viewpoint. You might reject the idea of focusing primarily on the big picture and instead enjoy minor victories.
When you don’t acknowledge and enjoy your modest achievements, you’re denying yourself the chance to reflect and, if required, redirect your efforts.
So how do you start?
Take mental stock
It’s simple to concentrate on your victories as numbers.
You know what’s difficult? Identifying how far you’ve progressed cognitively.
You are not the same person mentally today as you were before you embarked on this road, and you will not be the same person in the weeks and months ahead.
Mentally, you are constantly changing, which is a gift in and of itself.
I was a nervous wreck before I embarked on this adventure. I had lost faith in myself and my abilities. Self-sabotage and I were best friends.
Fast forward to today, and you know what’s changed?
I have more faith in myself. I take calculated risks. Self-sabotage is still present, but I’ve recognized that the most effective method to fight it is to put in the effort.
Do I succeed?
I am successful on most days, but not on others.
The bottom line is that if you take the time to reflect on the mental shifts you’ve made along the way, you’ll have a larger mental armory to call on when doubt threatens to derail your progress.
Keep a pile of rejections.
Hear me out.
I have a stack of rejection letters. On certain days, I even look forward to seeing those rejections.
This isn’t a vicious ‘I’ve got a chip on my shoulder’ sort of thing. Instead, let it serve as a stark reminder of the realities of construction from the bottom up.
The overused cliche “Rome wasn’t built in a day” is well-known. And I used to roll my eyes so hard when my mother said this.
Thank goodness for the experience.
Because (as we all know), Rome wasn’t constructed in a day. I’m sure they had to deal with rejections, permit disapproval (if there were any back then), clumsy designs, redirections, a plague or two, bone-tired artisans, and so on.
Despite the fact that these were very real issues, they persevered because they knew the victory would be even sweeter.
Rejections, like a failure, are a bitter pill to chew when they happen, however, if you reframe rejections, you’ll see;
- What works
- Areas of improvement
- Remain motivated
- Creative freedom
Above all, your rejections demonstrate that you are actively trying, which is a commendable endeavor.
Make a winning pile.
A rejection pile is fantastic for igniting your motivation, but a winning pile is a breath of fresh air when the rejections keep coming.
In college, I was required to submit and grade a reflective piece in a journal.
My professor at the time scribbled a comment in the binders of my notebook expressing her delight with my writing and encouraging me to write more.
That nonsense was saved by me. I still think about those words when I’m unsure of myself.
This is the transformational impact of having a winning pile (an editor’s note, a teacher’s note, a comment from the fantastic community you’ve nurtured, etc.).
That’s OK if it makes you cringe or boosts your ego. Whether you like it or not, your egos require a boost now and then to keep the momentum going.
Consider this an inexpensive self-care activity to keep you in an abundance and confident mentality if you still can’t get over the cringe factor.
Having a spot (folder, excel spreadsheet, etc.) where you can sift through the positive feedback can help you put your accomplishments into context while also pushing you to keep going.
Aside from that, you gain pride in your ability and the effort you’ve put in to make things happen.
If you don’t acknowledge and enjoy your minor victories, you won’t get very far on this road.
Will it be easy? No.
Who are you to blame? Society places such a high value on the positive outcome that you are fixated on it.
However, if you remain obsessed with that one huge goal, you will experience irritation and rage if it does not occur in the time and manner that you had envisioned.
But, when you take the time to appreciate your tiny victories, you’ll find that, in the end, the small accomplishments were the major ones all along. The end result is merely a byproduct.