I’m going to put this out here in hopes someone else may have the same affliction because I’ve realized I’ve developed amnesia for the little wins I have each day. These are the support beams I need in to have in place to build future growth and reach my big goal and I’ve gotten into the habit of forgetting about them. There is no possible celebration dance to help remind me I’m making progress and motivate me to keep going, when I’ve carelessly forgotten them.
This is the problem with the support beams. They may not seem as spectacular as the main attraction we’re building, but they are the important parts of the whole and they’re the in-between stages necessary where we learn and grow, and they raise us up so we can reach the stars.
It’s not that I don’t enjoy the little things I’m doing, I do. It’s just I forget the good work that went into them, and their beneficial and significant contribution to the final product. I’m grateful for my husband and dear friend Melissa who are quick to point out the little successes throughout my day, but I don’t want to rely solely on them to keep me on track and remind me of my progress. For this reason, I’ve decided I need to make a quick list each day that summarizes what I completed that day to highlight how productive I was, and it helps.
It doesn’t have to be anything formal. You could jot it down on the back of an envelope, scrap piece of paper or collect these summaries in a simple notebook to record your journey. The key is to take 3-5 minutes to recall every single thing you did that day and connect the dots of the big picture with what we consider only minutiae. Do it every day until you begin to run through your little wins naturally on paper or in your head to provide the validation needed to feel like the day was an overall “win”.
I search for some supporting information on this and found an excellent article in the Huff Post that goes into more detail on its benefits of it helping us stay more satisfied, positive, motivated and focused on our productivity each day.
Because some days I believed I hadn’t done anything remarkable or significant towards my goals until I was reminded of them and recognizing these tiny successes gave me a giant pat on the back to keep up the good work and remember the old saying that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” but those little parts are still crucial to the greatness of the whole. So, pay attention to the little things. They make a bigger difference than we give them credit for.
Keep it Simple,