So you have that big goal to write a book, lose some weight or read 100 books this year. Most of these goals look very big and unachievable and even though you make progress towards them, they are not significant enough to give you the feeling that you are achieving something.
What do you do to make sure you don’t get discouraged??
Celebrate the “small wins”.
A huge body of research has shown that small wins have enormous power, an influence disproportionate to the accomplishments of the victories themselves. “Small wins are a steady application of a small advantage,” one Cornell University professor wrote in 1984. “Once a small win has been accomplished, forces are set in motion that favour another small win.” Small wins fuel transformative changes by leveraging tiny advantages into patterns that convince people that bigger achievements are within reach.
So don’t wait until you shed 10 pounds of weight, read your 50 something book or finish writing your book. Celebrate your first day at the gym, that first aerobics session, celebrate finishing one book or writing just one page or chapter in your book.
These small wins will give you more confidence in going forward. It’s a way of cheating your brain to believe ‘come on, if you can do this, you can go all the way’.