Most of us are our biggest critics. Every day, we judge and punish ourselves mentally for flaws and mistakes. Although some self-critiquing is useful, we fail to reward ourselves when we do good. Celebrating small wins helps us stay driven and motivated. When we celebrate victories, we give ourselves the necessary pat on the back to keep progressing.
Reward yourself. Whether our win is big or small, we need to reward ourselves. It could be as simple as enjoying our favorite dessert or buying a gift for ourselves. When we reward ourselves, we create a success loop that circles around. When we work hard and achieve success, we get rewarded. Because we want to get rewarded again, we continue the hard work to achieve another win.
Share with others. Success tastes sweetest when we share it with others around us. Whatever the win is, we should involve our closest friends and family to participate in the victory. This boosts ourselves and the people around us, making the win much more enjoyable.
Create habits to build victories. Finding success makes us feel good, so we want to keep achieving it. The only way to do that is to put ourselves in a position to win. When we build the habits that create a higher probability of success, we'll achieve it more often.
The victories aren't what matter, but the feeling we get from them are. When we reward ourselves and share with others, we create the drive and determination to achieve more. With this feedback loop, we create more moments of joy and empowerment -- one of the best feelings in the world.
“Success is rarely the result of one swell swoop, but more often the culmination of many, many small victories.” -Joseph M. Marshall III