Small wins throughout the day add up to create powerful positive consequences for your future. Too often we neglect to fully appreciate the power of these small victories.
The story we tell ourselves about who we are can be made more believable and clearer by tracking the small wins we have each day. There is a mantra for screenwriters and that is “show don’t tell”. The same holds true for you when you are building the believable narrative your future.
It’s hard for us to believe positive stories about ourselves if all we have in our heads our negative events supporting a limiting narrative. Your story of a bigger and better future becomes more and more believable to yourself when you begin making the choices and taking the actions necessary to win those small battles with yourself we all have to wage.
What is a small win? It’s any choice or action you make that supports the positive narrative that you tell yourself about who you are now and who you want to be in the future. I look at the concept of small wins, as wins over apathy, anxiety, fear, feelings of inferiority, and self doubt. Wins over my lower self.
If you have time to check social media throughout the day you’ve got the time to track and review your small wins. Find the way that works best for you to write down or record the actions that are wins according to you. Personally I use my phone and the notes app. As I take actions that reinforce the postive narrative I’ve created about myself I jot them down.
This record keeping of the small wins is a tool that helps me make better choices. It encourages me to go for the win when the temptation to give up or give in shows up. Each time I don’t give in or give up it feels great. Winning feels good. Set up the story of yourself and your life so you can have as many wins as possible each day. By keeping track of these small wins you can see them adding up to a bigger and better life.
No actions are too small or trivial to be added to your small wins list. By focusing on my small wins for the day I can see that I’ve made progress and that my story of a better future is becoming a reality.
The power of small wins is more than just completing a task. It goes way beyond that. All of your small wins for the day interact with each other, support each other and amplify each other. You can not imagine the positive unexpected powerful consequences that the totality of you small wins will create.
I’m currently recovering from a flare up of a chronic health condition that had me basically bedridden for the last three weeks.
My small wins may seem trivial or not even wins to mostpeople. But that doesn’t matter. For me they are something to be proud of.
1. Walk this morning for 15 minutes
2. Deposited money at two different banks Banking done
3. Got gas
4. Didn’t eat flour, sugar or veggie oil for lunch
5. Didn’t allow the fear of not knowing the exact steps I’ll need to take to create my future I desire spiral out of control and ruin my day. Instead focused on the small wins I had already had for the day and that I will figure it out.
6. Interacted in a positive way with people in my circle that I’ve not seen for a while
7. Talked to the lawn guy
8. Made my bed
9. Bought organic chicken breast and veggies
10. Grilled veggies and chicken and cooked my enhanced version Carraba’s broccoli
11. Made mom’s green smoothie
12. Got 20 minutes of sunshine
13. Ate lunch at the table with Mom
14. Utilized – inquire, compliment, and motivate
15. Came up with six ideas for future blog posts
16. Swept the kitchen
17. Took trash out
18. Paid cc bills online
19. Set up auto payment for cc I don’t use and that I’m paying down
20. Didn’t eat sugar flour or vegetable oil for dinner
21. Took second 15 minute walk after dinner
22. Wrote three blog posts
23. Watered garden
24. Read 30 minutes
25. Zero tv before 10pm
Documenting small wins is a tool that helps to reinforce the fact that you have the power to shape your reality in a positive way. Too often we focus on our failures and regrets. Having a list of small wins gives you something to focus on instead and allows for you to feel like a winner because you’ve been racking up wins all day long.
Do this tomorrow and leave a comment below about your results.
Wishing you more and more small victories each day.