Having a productive life goes beyond doing random things to feel a temporary sense of accomplishment; it means you can manifest your dreams by making small moves towards something meaningful that deeply matters to you.
Every step you successfully take in your bid towards achieving a goal makes a lot of difference in trying to live a productive life.
Little successes (small wins) will help you feel like you are putting pieces of a puzzle together in your bid to achieve a bigger goal (complete the puzzle).
What exactly are small wins?
- Small wins split complex bigger goals into little manageable pieces achievable in the short term. Better learn to categorize your work into energy levels.
- Small wins help to reduce stress by giving you a daily action plan to follow.
- Small wins allow you to improve every area of your life in small steps.
- Small wins allow you to make a small margin for improvement in every step you accomplish towards perfecting the bigger goal.
To have a productive life, we will be sharing some things you need to know regarding the importance of small wins.
Success Takes Time
A soccer player that intends to become the best in the world will have to train hard, and churn out the consistent match-winning performances that will endear him/her to the hearts of fans and other players. It is ultimately impossible for a player who has not had any form of tutoring on the techniques and tactics of the game or who lacks competitive game time to become the World’s Best Soccer player. To become the best, you will have to follow the required steps and achieve small wins.
It is impossible to achieve extraordinary success without consistently putting in work.
Success is a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment repeated every day. There is power in small wins, and slow gains.Jim Rohn
Lionel Messi is arguably the greatest soccer player of all time. He started playing the game at an early age of six and continued putting in deep, sustained, and purposeful practice over the years to become one of the greatest footballers the world has ever seen.
Try Not to Do Too Much All at Once; Nobody Wins in Huge Bursts
Before a baby starts to walk, the child will fall a lot of times before his/her feet get strong enough to walk. The baby can also not start running on the underdeveloped leg without falling to the ground multiple times. You have to understand that productivity is a process and not an achievement; you cannot do too much at once, you will have to start small and build the skill (developed legs) required to succeed (run).
Lionel Messi or any other successful person you know, did not learn all the skills and techniques in one day, they continually honed their skills by putting in a little amount of work consistently over time. You don’t have to perfect the required skills at the beginning of a new project or wait until you know everything about a craft before taking action; instead, you should aim at the continuous improvement each day.
It is important not to underestimate the power of taking small steps (small wins) in a bid to achieve a bigger goal.
Groom Your Perspective and Mindset
While luck or natural talent may be the source of productivity in certain individuals, it is essential not to pay attention to these phenomena as the deciding factor for achieving a set goal. You must have an optimistic mindset, as well as a unique perspective in viewing diverse challenges that you might encounter while trying to accomplish a goal.
Even though Thomas Edison failed more than a thousand times while trying to invent the light bulb, he did not see his unsuccessful trials as a failure; instead, he saw it as a way of learning the steps not to take. This means that Thomas Edison learned from his failures and turned them into a form of success because of his unique perspective. It is clear that the American businessman had an optimistic mindset that allowed him to see his failure as small wins. These small wins (failures) of Thomas Edison allowed him to achieve his bigger goal of inventing the Electric Light Bulb.
Appreciate Every Small Win
You must appreciate the small steps you have taken in your journey towards achieving a particular goal. If you enjoy the little wins, you will be able to see the importance of the small successes on your way to achieving the bigger goal. You should not wait to accomplish your set goal before celebrating a win, start celebrating from the moment you accomplish any little success.
Appreciating small victories encourages you anytime you experience a setback on your journey of achieving a bigger goal. You are also able to make slight improvements in the remaining short term goals, therefore helping you achieve the bigger goal perfectly.
The Hardest Part is Starting
They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single footstep. This single footstep can be the hardest part of the whole process of achieving productivity, but once it is initiated, the momentum will carry you to your set destination.
For example, if you have set a long term goal to shed excess weight, the first step is either getting on a diet or starting a workout plan. However, to turn this first step into a habit, you must discipline yourself and stay on course to your set goal. Once it becomes a habit, it will become comfortable to accomplish.
It is essential to take consistent action that will ensure you move in the direction of your short term goals (in another sound – small wins). Once you can consistently keep working on your short term plans, every success will become a source of momentum to push you to achieve your bigger goal. From the few tips here, we are sure you now know why small wins are a powerful way to a productive life.