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Look for small victories and build on that. Each small victory, even if it is just getting up five minutes earlier, gives you confidence. You realize that these little victories make you feel great, and you keep going. You realize that being paralyzed by fear of failure is worse than failure.
~ Arnold Schwarzenegger
At the end of every post, I always add my saying, “This train is moving on. You can get on, you can get off, but the train keeps moving on. We are going to the top of the mountain! That saying came about one day when a friend of my daughter’s and I were discussing her modeling business. She told me the worst thing about her business was when people would leave negative comments. When she told me this, the Train statement instantaneously came out of my mouth. She replied that it was so inspiring and she would remember it.
I like the statement because it summed up my approach to life. I don’t listen to the doubters or negativity. My business is like a train and will make it to the top of the mountain and be successful. You can jump on the train with me or you can get off at any point, but nothing stops the train from moving on.
Success is rarely the result of one swell swoop, but more often the culmination of many, many small victories.
~ Joseph M. Marshall III
Even though we’re going to the top of the mountain, we don’t have to wait until we get there to celebrate. This is the same for your journey. A journey is not worth taking if you’re not enjoying the process. In your journey, you set a goal of where you want to go. You should also be setting smaller goals to help you achieve your overall goal. Celebrate every small success that you have along the way.
It is important to focus on your successes, they will help you to silence your “Doubt Demons.” Everyone has had success in their life. You might not think so but you have. If you’ve learned to walk and talk, that is a success. Just being able to move around can be a victory for some people. If you ever got a good grade in school then you have succeeded at something. Earning your first dollar is a success. Celebrate every small victory.
Success is a collection of small victories & disappointing setbacks. Understand the process, stay positive, & focus on the fundamentals.
~ Bradford Winters
Negativity All Around
As humans, we tend to focus on the negative before we see the positive. Whenever you ask someone, “how are you doing?”, have you had them immediately reply with everything that’s wrong with them? This happens to me the majority of the time. It is very rare for me to hear somebody reply, “I’m doing great!”
We are inundated with negativity daily. A few years ago I stopped watching the news because of all the negativity that was constantly bombarding my mind. If a natural disaster happens, all we are shown is the destruction that has been caused. Living in Florida we get our fair share of hurricanes. After they have passed, we are only shown the damage left in its wake.
What we don’t see are the positive events that take place. The lines of trucks from electrical companies all over the country who come to help restore our power. The outpouring of kindness from neighbors helping each other. These are the things that rarely become news stories. Because of this inundation of negativity, we overlook all of our small victories.
With every job I’ve gotten, I’ve bought myself something. When ‘Glee’ was picked up, I rented a piano for the year. For smaller victories, I’ll go to dinner with a friend, or go for a walk and think about it all. It’s important to say to yourself, Today was a good day.
~ Dianna Agron
Not My Best Decision
To illustrate how celebrating small victories can help us achieve our overall goals let me tell you a little story. When I was in my prime I used to run often for exercise. I would run 2 to 3 miles almost every day. Not a lot but enough to keep me in shape. One day, my partner at work told me that we should enter a half-marathon race that was coming up in a couple of weeks. My reply was, “I’ve never run anywhere near that distance before and I’m not in that kind of shape.” He said we would go very slow and run with his 11-year-old daughter in the back of the pack. Reluctantly, I agreed. (Big mistake…..Big, big, big, mistake.)
My goal was just to finish the 13.1 miles. We had agreed that we would run a pace of between 9 and 10 minutes a mile. My first clue that this wasn’t going to turn out well was when we gathered at the starting line. I didn’t see his daughter and he told me that she couldn’t make it. Would he have lied to me just to get me to run? Yes, yes he would. The gun went off and the race began. When we approached the one-mile point, I was given my second clue on how bad my day was going to be. As we crossed in front of the timer, he yelled out 7:10. That was a lot faster than we had planned to run and I knew I had just expended a lot of my energy.
The great victory, which appears so simple today, was the result of a series of small victories that went unnoticed.
~ Paulo Coelho
You Won’t Like Me When I’m Angry
After about five miles, I began to struggle and we agreed that after every mile we would walk a little bit and then continue running. At six miles, we walked for about 30 seconds and then continued running. We continued this plan with our walk time increasing with every mile. At the 10 mile point, I believe that my partner could feel the homicidal rage building inside me because that was the last I saw of him that day. Now I was all alone in the middle of nowhere with three more miles to run.
The only thing I could do was to pick out an object in the distance and make it my goal to run there. Putting one foot in front of the other I would struggle but eventually, make it. I would celebrate that small victory and pick out another object. At first, the objects were as far as I could see but after 12 miles I was struggling so much that they became closer and closer. Even though they were only 50 yards apart by the end of the race, I still celebrated making it to each one.
Acknowledge all of your small victories. They will eventually add up to something great.
~ Kara Goucher
Celebrate small victories often. Mourn failures quickly. Do what’s necessary without fanfare.
~ Chris Brogan
Celebrating Those Tiny Successes
Eventually, I turned a corner and saw the beautiful sight of the finish line banner. I hardly had enough strength to stand up or peel a banana. After drinking copious amounts of water, I sat in my car for about an hour before I felt I could drive. Even though I was hurting, I felt great inside because I had accomplished my goal of finishing the race. (Then I went home and stayed on the sofa for the rest of the weekend, not able to move).
Without celebrating those small victories I would’ve never made it to the finish line. I would have quit and laid down at the side of the road. Eventually, someone would have found my corpse. So remember to always enjoy your journey and focus on your successes, big or small. Utilize these quotes on celebrating small victories to keep you going. Dream big and keep achieving your goals.
I am a series of small victories and large defeats and I am as amazed as any other that I have gotten from there to here.
~ Charles Bukowski
Progress is the sum of small victories won by individual human beings.
~ Bruce Catton
This Train Is Moving On. You Can Get On, You Can Get Off, But The Train Keeps Moving On! We Are Going To The Top Of The Mountain!
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