Watch out foodies, today is Sappy Sunday! Okay I just made that up, but in all honesty, it’s good to switch things up a bit and talk about things close to my heart, our heart. So without further ado, let’s talk EVERY DAY SMALL VICTORIES and why we should celebrate them!
In a world of social media overload, it’s easy to get caught up in coveting other people’s BIG victories. You hop on facebook, instagram, pinterest and you can see so many friends, strangers, entrepreneurs climbing the success later. Whether it be with their goals, their products, their blogs, their status, their personal fulfillments. Yes, the internet can be a place of celebrating BIG victories, which is all SO SO GOOD. Until it’s not. It’s not when you start to look at it and compare, feeling inadequate, behind in life, and well… small.
I’d like to say that many of us have had the feeling but I could be wrong, maybe it’s just me. And if it is, that’s ok. It’s good to just to write this out.
Today I want to talk about the small. Not feeling small. No, I’m talking about the purpose of SMALL victories and celebrating them DAILY!
As I mentioned last week, my husband (aka James, the kiwi) has just returned home from New Zealand. He was gone for 6 weeks! 6 weeks!! Yes, that’s a long time for some but the time away isn’t the focus here. It’s the time SPENT away. His purpose was to seek out certain job opportunities, a new career path, as well as coach/train with a few athletes.
Do you know what I did while he was gone? I worked. And worked. And worked. And tried to “get ahead,” and worked and worked.
Both of us DID everything we could do get us to the next stage in life. To transition into a new life plan (and hopefully job security).
Here’s the thing. Our plan, our work, our “everything we could do” efforts to get ahead (or SOMEWHERE in life) didn’t really come to fruition.. Yet.
We’re in the same spot, just maybe an itty bitty step forward. But a STEP is a STEP! It’s a small victory. Clueless and all.
The small step itself is what keeps you hopeful. It’s some direction, although you don’t know if it’s the right direction. It’s movement, moving forward. Or so I’d like to think so.
That being said, I’m reminded of the words by one of my favorite Woman Christian Authors (Joyce Meyer). She likes to put things bluntly. I love her for that.
You may not be where you want to be but THANK GOD you aren’t where you used to be.
If we didn’t focus on these small victories, small steps, we’d probably be syncing in pessimism and 10 steps backwards. In fact, I think that would be the easier course.
We can do hard things. Small steps and small victories may be hard to find valuable and “exciting” at first, but they WILL add up!
So my reasoning. Why we need celebrate small victories and the steps getting us there.
- Small steps and victories help us count our blessings. – > Example: I made a delicious recipe today. I am thankful I get to share that with others and that we have food to nourish. Blessed to have this as a job! Small victory with long lasting value, yes!
- Small victories defeat the feeling of inadequacy — > “Feeling” behind on life/work/etc does not mean that you are! (This one is a real struggle for me) Instead; focus on doing the IMPORTANT things First, which in the end will create strength and character. That is ADEQUACY.
- Celebrating Small victories and steps help us get UNSTUCK –> Like Joyce states above, we may not be where we want to be, but we are not where we used to be (hopefully). Focusing on the progress and progress is DOING things we can. Unstuck and selectively productive.
- Lastly, Small victories add up. —> It’s almost like a completing a puzzle. You celebrate one thing (that fit together), you step forward. You keep going and going and going until you look back and see how far you’ve come. —> That is a BIG victory, amen!
God has a personalized plan for each of us, a plan that will lead us to victory. That is why principles, formulas, and methods are not the ultimate answer, because they do not allow for the individual differences in people.
What Small Victory or Step Can you Celebrate today?
I don’t have any links back to other words of wisdom posts. But I will say this, I’ve read Greg McKeown’s book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less over and over again. You must go read this book! In fact, It’s ESSENTIAL that you do.