Do you celebrate enough? 🍻
I'm not talking about that celebrating—the kind where alcohol is involved.
I mean celebrating your wins—even the small ones, like not eating sweets for the day.
For me, I am quick to acknowledge the losses. I see that as a way to improve—pointing out the failures and learning from them.
But a few months ago, I was challenged by Mark Cumicek in a program of his to celebrate my wins more.
He mentioned how this helps us appreciate our growth instead of concentrating on the gap (the gap between where we are and where we want to be) and feeling discouraged.
The specific challenge was to write down three wins–for that day–every night. To be honest, I almost didn't do it. I thought it was another hype tip and wouldn't bring much value to my life. I already journal; how much more can I do?
Boy, was I wrong. Even though I've grown tremendously in the past four years, I feel frequently discouraged. But doing this simple exercise changed that.
It was a forcing function to celebrate the little progress and realize how far I've come.
It rearranged my perspective to the now and how far I've come. Most of the wins I wrote down would have never happened 3 or 4 years ago.
Reading for 45 minutes was a far-fetched idea.
Meditating for 30 minutes was not even on my radar.
Keeping my emotions in check was thought to be impossible.
Now, I can remind myself every night of the great things I got done for that day. This helps in a few ways:
- Even on shitty days, I end the night happy for the three things I accomplished
- I remind myself of the daily progress I am making, which helps sustain the effort
- I am shifting from being too hard on myself to being nicer (slowly but surely)
Have you ever done this?
If you believe that this would have no impact (like I did), try it for a few weeks and get back to me.
Also, I would recommend checking out Mark's work (https://www.onwarddream.com) and his LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/markcumicek/).
He has a lot of free resources to help you take a step toward a better version of yourself.
At least that's what he's helped me do.
🧠 + ❤️ // JO