In life there are two kinds of people, the optimists and the pessimists. If you belong to the latter group of individuals, chances are you find it really hard to acknowledge the little victories climbing up the ladder to success. A quote by Alphonse Karr says, “Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses”.
For such people, the climb up seems tiresome, boring and they give in to easily to obstacles that come their way. With the other group of hopeful and present minded people, they see the journey to success as a mapped out adventure, with road blocks and a lot of ‘Xs’ to be unearthed.
The road to achieving your goals is not always meant to be paved and free of bumps. On this road, be prepared to encounter T intersections, traffic jams and unruly drivers. Heck yeah you would lose your way many times. But tell me, doesn’t finding your way make you want to throw your fists in the air? We must take pride in finding our way around obstacles. The challenges we face only make the success sweeter.
So why must we celebrate the little victories?
Driven people make use of boosts. It keeps them going and focused. Taking pride in little wins motivates us to keep going, keep driving and not look behind. It could be something small as finalising your manuscript. The thought alone makes you feel accomplished though there’s a lot more ahead to do.
As an entrepreneur, one of your happiest moments must be when you’re able to reap profits from your business. Thinking back on all the struggles where you had to secure capital and pump money into your business, up to the point where your business starts making grounds and you’re able to pay your employees and yourself must be a great feeling. This is one of those little victories, a taste of greater things to come. It feeds your confidence basket. For most pessimists, they stand on shaky ground worried about what is ahead when they should be thinking of the present. Defeats to them are a hard blow, as they allow their failures to eat them up. What this does is consume time, time that could have been spent re-strategising and planning. Appreciating the little things stabilises our thinking and outlook on future endeavours.
When climbing the ladder to success, it’s easy to lose track of how we even got to the top. Flagging our victories is not only a time to soak in the moment and be happy but it also helps us keep track of highlights on our journey. Much needed experience is amassed during that period and this is something people tend to ignore because they are so focused on a two-point jump, i.e. from point A to point B, whereas there might be many points in that two-point jump alone.
- Stay in your lane
Your grass is green, but your neighbour’s grass seems greener and that bugs you. Next thing, you’re green with envy just because you want greener grass. When you celebrate small victories you are able to realise the pace with which you move, and once that realisation kicks in, there is a feeling of contentment – you learn to stay in your lane. When we’re content we’re able to celebrate not just our victories but those of other people as well. Altogether we develop a positive attitude of supporting and encouraging our peers.
To sum up everything, let’s remember to have a spirit of gratitude and live in the present. That means not being overwhelmed by failures of the past, or losing ourselves in future ambitions.
“Success is rarely the result of one swell swoop, but more often the culmination of many, many small victories” – Joseph M. Marshall III
Elsie loves writing (poetry mostly) as well as her furry friends! After all, dog is man’s best friend. When she’s not writing, she’s most likely to be found in a lab conducting experiments based on Materials Science. Writing to Elsie is an escape to share her experiences with others. Her reward from this is being able to inspire people to fulfill their purposes on this earth. Check out Elsie’s works at www.bowendairies.com