May 17, 2016

Read This If You Need Help Appreciating Small Victories

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Bảo-Quân Nguyễn

I believe that happiness comes from appreciating small victories. It comes from appreciating every thing along the way to your goals, including failures. No matter how big or small your goal is there will be setbacks because that’s just how life is, but it is within those setbacks that we have to find the power to appreciate the small victories we have achieved along the way.

It is so easy to get caught up in life, to become unappreciative because we’re too wrapped up in everything that is going on in our lives. It’s easy to find ourselves overwhelmed and like the light at the end of the tunnel is non-existent, but it’s only so if that’s the way you make it.

Failure is inevitable, everyone fails even the greats have failed, but it is how we use those failures to motivate us to be successful. It’s in the small victories we have that have to keep us moving forward.

It’s knocking off those final five pounds you’ve been desperately trying to get off. It’s checking off something on your to do list that you’ve been pushing off for weeks. It’s finally kicking your caffeine habit and drinking 10 cups of water a day. It’s doing five minutes of mediation a day and working your way up to 30. It’s whatever you want it to be, as long as you’re happy.

It’s every little step of the way that is important, not just achieving the goal or end result.

Most people just look at the big picture, the final destination, the long run but those big achievements are all made up of the little ones along the way. Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goal to be proud of all the hard work you’ve put in. You have to be proud of everything you’ve accomplished along the way, every step you’ve taken towards reaching your goal.

It’s so easy to not want to do the work. It’s even easier to quit and give up, but that will never get you where you want to be. Taking a step back and seeing what you’ve accomplished instead of seeing how far you still have to go will help you see your goal more clearly.

Small victories make you feel like you’re making progress and progress feels great. It feels hopeful; it feels like you’re getting somewhere. You don’t need to wait for the “someday” when everything is finished because that will leave you hopeless. Instead focus on celebrating the small victories you’ve already accomplished and be happy now.

Know that you are capable of so much, maybe even so much more than you give yourself credit for. It can be so easy to wrapped up in the mindset of “I should be here,” or “I’m so much further behind than everyone else.” That isn’t the case, because everyone has their own path, their own goals and their own way of doing things.

The only thing that matters is that if you want something, if you really want something, you keep trying to achieve it because once you put in hard work and achieve it there will be no better feeling. Don’t let your long terms goals overshadow all the small victories you’ve already achieved along your journey. TC mark

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