As I mentioned yesterday, I am currently reading The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. I am enjoying this book immensely. It isn’t an endless stream of all the things that people have done wrong.
On the other hand it goes over people that have incorporated helpful habits into their lives and businesses. It not only shows you how they’ve done it and how those things have influenced their lives and the corporations around them, but it shows you how you can use these same techniques in your own life.
I would highly recommend this book if this is the type of thing that you are interested in, like me. However, that isn’t all of what my post is about.
In this book it talks about the small wins. That as you begin to change you habits, which really is more changing the routines that go with the cue and reward system of your habits, that you accomplish small wins. That larger changes all start out with a series of small wins.
I have heard this before, but honestly it didn’t really connect until today. Often times when we are trying to accomplish much larger goals we become so focused on these goals that we don’t take into account the small wins we have throughout the journey. Major change, doesn’t happen without these small wins either.
They often go overlooked. As I am a writer and a mother/grandmother, I will apply this to my life and show you. To write an entire novel it takes days of sitting down and working. As I’m also participating in NaNoWriMo (50,000 words written in a month) as well, it means that I have a daily word count goal to hit.
I’d fallen behind. Not a few hundred but a few thousand words behind. Two days worth to be exact. I was feeling defeated and really let down with myself. This is the point where in the past I have quit participating in NaNo. Other times I have dug in my heals to pull out the win at the last second. Including one time when I was determined to win and wrote 25,000 words in two day just to win NaNo.
That was a huge accomplishment for me, but it only happened once I don’t rely on it as motivation to keep me moving in times of being down.
Anyway, I digress, I had fallen behind by two days and we are only on day six of this NaNo experience. I had more days where I was sluggish and failing NaNo then winning it. Yesterday I decided to apply a new routine to with my cue and reward system like in the book.
I managed to get myself caught back up after a day of hard work and Christmas shopping. While it wasn’t the massive five thousand that I was hoping for, it was a small win. As the book has taught me life is a series of small wins to get to the bigger victories.
I will take that win, celebrate and look for the next small win that I can have. I’ll keep pushing on and moving toward my goals.
Until next time, remember to celebrate your small wins and L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.