Standing at the kitchen counter, my husband notices the sour look on my face. I had tried another “healthy” creamer option for my morning coffee and it wasn’t going well. He said, “Look, you have one cup of coffee a day, you deserve to enjoy it!” Small rewards can have a big impact when you celebrate your progress.
How often do we have to be reminded to reward ourselves? Self-care is hard work and we deserve to take the time to celebrate our progress! When we recognize how far we have come and what we have achieved, it is positive reinforcement, keeping our momentum to continue forward.
We may tend to minimize or be overly critical of our progress, especially if we have had setbacks. John C. Maxwell says, “Little progress is better than no progress at all. Success comes in taking many small steps. If you stumble in a small step, it rarely matters. Don’t gift wrap the garbage. Let little failures go.”
Celebrate Your Steps of Success
When we have a big goal, we focus on what we haven’t done, zapping our strength and creating anxiety. An article by The Wellbeing Thesis says, “One way of counteracting this phenomenon and helping you feel more in control and more confident is to make a point of explicitly marking your progress and celebrating what has gone successfully. This will allow you to demonstrate to yourself what you have already achieved.”
Treating yourself doesn’t have to be elaborate or cost a lot of money. Here are a few simple ideas:
- Use your favorite creamer in your morning coffee. 😉
- Get yourself a cake with candles.
- Go out with a friend to a favorite or new restaurant.
- Schedule a spa treatment.
- Have a stay in bed day.
- Visit somewhere beautiful for the day or weekend, like a favorite nature spot or museum.
- Host a dinner party and invite others to share their accomplishments, too.
Boost your confidence, encourage and empower yourself every day. Break big goals into smaller steps and recognize those, too. Remember, progress, not perfection. Practice gratitude, record minor changes, moving toward your goal is making progress. Each milestone reminds you that you are not stuck, you can do it!
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.Galatians 6:9