Small Wins and Lasting Change
The Maniacs are busy reading The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg for our next book club, and while we are not yet finished, there is a section on small wins that is really sticking with me. In this section, Duhigg speaks to the power of frequently achieving small goals and how they compound on each other to lead to big and lasting change. This resonated with me because when I work with people on time management and goal setting, we are always attempting to break down tasks into smaller, more achievable parts so that the whole project is not too overwhelming to attempt. It’s not a new concept, but I love the terminology he uses for it. Small wins. I really love small wins.
I see my clients making small wins all the time and encourage them to celebrate the wins. However, I have found that when it comes to ourselves, we find it so easy to brush off these small changes as being “not enough” or saying it “doesn’t really count”. Well… research says they do! And so do I. If your goal is to get on track with bills to avoid late fees and you tend to avoid even opening the envelopes but then find yourself sorting the mail, opening the bills, and gathering them all to be paid, that’s a small win. You are taking the first steps needed to achieve your goal. You are slowly changing your mindset and your relationship with that task. And change like that is bound to not only last, but to multiply and grow into more powerful change.
So I challenge you all to think of a goal you are working towards in your life, and to also think of any small wins you’ve had along the way. Sit with that feeling of accomplishment and enjoy it because you’ve earned it. Then go out there and continue to be great.