Celebrate Little Victories Every Day
Have you been enjoying our 21 Days to a Happier You series? Hopefully, you already gained something in the first 3 days as we chatted about nutrition and exercise. There are only three things that impact your happiness: Relationship with self, relationship with others and relationship with God. Each week, we’re spending 7 days focused on one of these reslatonship pivotal to your overall happiness and success in life.
We began with nutrition because in order to elevate your happiness and achieve your life’s dreams, your mind must be in tip top shape. Poor nutrition prevents this from happening and can slow you down in your advancement toward greatness. Exercise goes hand-in-hand with good nutrition to boost your mind and body’s ability to work at their highest level.
What is important to remember in all this talk about diet and nutrition is getting in shape or losing weight aren’t the most important reasons to make the decision to improve upon these things today. It’s not just about the person looking back at you in the mirror -although that’s important as it can adversely impact your happiness- but about getting everything in alignment so you look and feel great inside and out.
There are few things more frustrating than setting a goal and coming up short. Most women pledge at the beginning of every year to lose weight, get in better shape and become more active. And around this time annually, women realize they’ve failed at that goal…once again. Discouragement sets in followed by disappointment. I want to encourage you to do one thing today to avoid such a let down.
Set a goal daily and celebrate each small victory. If you previously set a goal earlier this year and are yet to achieve it, begin again today. And begin small. We underestimate how powerful it is to achieve a goal that has been set; no matter how small. Remember the saying, “By the inch it’s a cinch, by the mile it’s a trial?” Set small goals and then celebrate your achievements.
Have you ever seen the smile on a child’s face when they’ve achieved something great? It’s priceless. Invite that childlike wonder into your own life. In the US, today is Thanksgiving and we generally fill our plates to the brim with high calorie foods. If this is what you usually do, don’t change that. Enjoy this wonderful day with your family. But maybe begin your day with something light and healthy knowing you’ll indulge later. Grab a few family members and go on a brisk post-feast walk together. These are both small goals that can become important victories be the end of the day.
Each day, make a decision to set one small goal you want to achieve and then knock it out of the park. Write down the goal on a post it note and once you’ve achieved it, draw a happy face next to it and paste it in a journal or on a board to keep track. Soon you’ll have dozens or hundreds of small goals achieved. That’s huge.
Be grateful for the little victories. Celebrate your success daily. There’s nothing quite like laying your head down on the pillow at night and knowing you completed a goal that day. So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, be thankful for all you’ve achieved this year, show yourself grace for those areas in which you’ve fallen short, and be grateful for the days ahead because the best is yet to come.
Until tomorrow…make it a great Thanksgiving!
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