Every time you have a victory, even a “millimeter” step in the right direction, do not forget to celebrate and reward yourself, your team of employees or any others who have contributed to your victory.
By celebrating your “millimeter” victories, you will be that much closer to your ultimate goals and dreams. We often fail to notice the small wins we have in our journey to where we ultimately want to be. It is in those small victories and the recognition of those wins that we will continue to move forward to make the big impact that we are looking for.
So how do you celebrate a small, millimeter victory?
Plan a special lunch or dinner, maybe a visit to a day spa or buy those shoes you have had your eyes on. For me, it usually is a visit to my favorite winery or maybe a new purse or just an afternoon off.
I know that those small, millimeter wins are getting me closer each day to my goal. Many of us beat ourselves up when we set our goals too high and forget the wins we do have on the way to the top goal.
John Wooden, the most famous UCLA basketball coach, once said, “When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur. When you improve conditioning a little each day, eventually you have a big improvement in conditioning. Not tomorrow, not the next day, but eventually a big gain is made. Don’t look for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens — and when it happens, it lasts.”
So celebrate each and every millimeter improvement towards your goals and know that success will happen.