As the year begins to whine down, I am tasked with the thoughts of where I am now and where I plan to go. My Blog will be 1 year old on Dec 30th and I couldn’t be happier in how far I have come. “I am on a train following the tracks going in one direction and that’s forward. Some might take turns left or right, but either way it goes, I will still be going forward with my life, decisions and my goals.”
Do you ever think about the road you’re on? Are you going forward or backwards?
I have been reflecting about this past year and how fast it flew by and what goals I accomplished. To me, I believe I did a great job and I always celebrate my small wins and it is what keeps me going and to never give up. Do you celebrate the small wins in your life?
What is your definition of small wins?
- You finally took the leap to start your blog?
- You finished 3 chapters on your new eBook?
- You have more than 10 comments per post?
- You have more traffic than you did 6 months ago?
- You completed your first guest post?
- You made your first affiliate sale?
Whatever your small win is, it’s a win right? How many of you actually stop to notice what you have accomplished so far or do you still worry about some other blog that might be better than yours? When I first started I didn’t give it much thought because my goals at the time were very much my own and had nothing to do with “traffic” or “comments”. As time went by I started visiting other blogs (in silent) and doing some ground work (learning).
Each day I learned to hone in on my own voice and network with other bloggers. One post turned in a few comments and more networking turned into lasting relationships. Each small accomplishment was a win for me; 5 more comments than before, more traffic and more posts. There wasn’t any balloons popping off, but you get the picture…..celebrate the small wins in your life.
What is the definition of Small Wins?
- Celebrate the specific direction your goals move you in
- Celebrate the gains achieved
- Celebrate the completed projects
- Celebrate the solutions solved for the steps needed towards your goals
Are Small Wins Really Effective?
Hell yeah! When you complete something you either procrastinated on, it gets things set in motion. For instance, if you’re working on an eBook, it might be hard getting started if you unsure of where to start. Once you start researching and gathering information, it can help you plan out the details, topics and outline the information you want to include in your book. Just getting started is a small “win” because now you’re in motion and then ideas start to flow to help you along the way. This small win will help you stay on path and keep your mind clear for new ideas with your next step.
How Can You Get Closer To Your Goals?
- Prioritization – We are all pulled in different directions with demands from work or home, but it’s an essential skill you need to make the best use of. It helps you reduce stress and focus on moving towards a successful ending.
- Focus – How many of you have a place where you work and the moment you sit down your mind starts to wander and before you know it, you end up working on something else that isn’t towards your goal. I struggle in this department too (family, doggies, my sweetheart flapping his jaws), but your personal work space is a huge factor in the ability to concentrate. Start by making your space comfortable, organize your work space with everything you need and shut out distractions. I use RainyMood.com to keep my mind clear instead of rocking out to my favorite tunes.
- Set Specific Goals – Set goals that are measurable, specific, attainable and relevant. Put your goals in writing and stick to it! Most importantly, write down why it’s valuable and important to you. It’s nothing like writing down goals and not have a reason why you want to do it in the first place.
- Self-Motivation – How many of you put off doing things you know needs to get done? Do you have deadlines? Someone expecting something from you? You know you would rather do something else more enjoyable than the hard work needed to get things done. We all at some point show our procrastination side and you know what? We are all human. It happens, but what I have found that helps me is recognizing my bad habits and why it happens.
Celebrating small wins, help you simplify compound problems, reduce stress, a sense of accomplishments and drives you forward. No matter where you are with your goals, stay inspired and motivated by what you have already accomplished, the friends you met along the way and the path you’re still on for the future.
Thank you everyone for an awesome year, the comments from all of you and here’s to 2012 and beyond!
What do you think?
- What small wins have you celebrated?
- Do you recognize your small wins?
- What changes have you made to achieve your goals?