Hey Bloomers! 🌼 Today, I have one beautiful reminder: the small wins add up. Celebration and feelings of accomplishment don’t have to be reserved for the big wins only. This is because every little achievement that you make builds on to the next and before you know it, you have accomplished something great. So, don’t be dismissive of the small wins, they add up.
Things aren’t achieved overnight. You don’t just wake up one day as a person who reads 24 books a year and is consistently in the gym. The people who have reached these levels in their growth journeys all started somewhere. And before you get there (or even when you have), you have to remember that the small wins add up. Actually using mathematics shows how the small wins add up. Here are some examples:
If your goal is to read more, you can start as small as reading 5 pages a day. In a 30 day month, you’d have read 150 pages (which depending on the book, could be a full book or half a book). If it’s half a book, by the end of the year, you’d have read 6 books. If it’s a full book, by the end of the year, you’d have read 12 books. All from reading 5 pages a day! That’s an example of how the small wins add up. By only reading 5 pages a day, you’ve won. That’s a victory worth celebrating in your goal of reading more.
Here is another example: if you exercise for ONLY 10 minutes a day, by the end of the week, you’d have exercised for 70 minutes. By the end of the month, you’d have exercised for 280 minutes. And by the end of the year, you’d have exercised for 3360 minutes! All from exercising for only 10 minutes a day.
Is this enough though? 🤔
Some people will feel that this isn’t enough effort, and that’s a fair statement, because you’re capable of doing much more than that. It’s important to remember that although small wins add up, we shouldn’t be content there. We should continue to improve, do better, and be consistent. That’s how you become great at what you do. When you are in a great mental, emotional, spiritual and physical state, then you must go all out and do the best that you can. Because larger wins will add up more.
However, although all this it true, this line of thinking doesn’t take into account people who are not feeling their best, or people who feel overwhelmed. We’re humans, not machines, and when we’re unable to perform at our peak, it’s helpful to remember then that the small wins add up. Here is a helpful statement from The Meaning Movement: Next time you’re faced with the choice between doing something less than your ideal and doing nothing, choose action.
Better than nothing
In addition to this, a small win is better than no win at all. It’s better to do something than to do nothing. I’ll continue referring to the reading and exercising examples. If you rule out exercising completely because you’re too tired to exercise for an hour and you do this for an entire week, by the end of the week you would have gotten zero working out done. That already puts you in a less favourable position than if you would have just exercised for 10 minutes daily (because there are only a few valid excuses that you can give yourself for not setting aside 10 minutes to exercise). By the end of the week, you would have at least exercised for 70 minutes. And common sense says that 70 minutes’ worth of exercise is better than 0 minutes’ worth of exercise. Common sense also says that reading 5 pages a day is better than reading nothing at all. You’d have acquired 5 pages worth of knowledge that you didn’t have before that day started.
Implementation in other areas of life
Remember that this concept can be implemented in multiple other areas of life, such as saving! A little bit of money is better than no money, right? 😂 So run wild with this concept, and implement it wherever you see fit in your life. It’s all about improvement, and the small wins add up.
Sometimes you just have to start
Thinking about a huge goal that you’d like to achieve can be daunting and intimidating. Think of someone saying “I want to become a doctor”. That’s a task and a half. But with each assignment, each practical, each test, and each exam, they get closer to achieving that goal. And eventually, they become a doctor. Sometimes, you just have to start. Understanding that becoming a doctor starts by completing one assignment makes the goal look more attainable. Because the small wins add up. In this case, they add up to a qualified doctor.
I want to leave you with an analogy. Think of your goal as a house. A house does not magically appear. It’s the result of the laying of a single brick at a time. The small wins add up.
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