Lost In The Process Of Achievement
In our lives, we tend to set many goals and we dedicate most of our time trying to achieve them in any possible way, and – we usually get lost sometimes during the process. Setting goals gives us a sense of purpose and motivation to strive forward and endure.
Yet, it can have so many unwanted consequences upon our mental health, that we are not even aware of, until stress comes along from pushing ourselves too hard.
But, instead of being un-satisfied with not achieving greater goals, we do need to learn how to celebrate small wins during the process.
We should make it as everyday practice, and try to focus our attention towards the positive by counting each small win we make every step of the way.
What Happens When We Forget To Appreciate Small Wins?
- Feelings of failure and depression can occur when our goals can’t be achieved as set forth
- Our sense of self-worth can become questionable
- We can block our productivity and weaken our physical health
- We might feel incompetent when we constantly compare present state to our final goals
How can we learn to appreciate small wins? By this 4 small step process to follow.
Start With Small Goals
At first you need to write down your final goal, and forget about it. Forget it??
This method will help you focusing on small fragments ahead of you, which is the only way to get things done. Do not waste any energy on planning in months ahead. Try to focus what challenge the next day will bring to you.
Be here and now. Be present today.This will give you permanent sense of accomplishment which will motivate you to move forward and boost even more your self-esteem.
See Your Progress
Occasionally, you can take some time to reflect on your progress. We usually set our focus on goals and forget about the progress that has already taken place.
Let’ say you’ve decided to put yourself on a diet aiming to lose weight. Don’t measure each day – live it alone. Learn from the process of detoxifying your body, see how pants are loosening and enjoy the process.
By doing so, you will get the visual proof of your progress which serves to you as a great inspiration for future advances and enhances positive emotions.
When You Do Good – Reward Yourself
If you achieve certain success, weather it is big or small, your mind expects to provide yourself with an appropriate reward.
Give yourself some kind of reward. Take a break and treat yourself by going to a movie, have your favorite sweet, or get a short trip with your friends. The choice is yours.
There are varieties of self-rewarding methods you can do. Choose the best ones that can boost even more your self confidentiality in the process of fulfillment of your final goals.
Last But Not Least- Enjoy The Whole Process
Constant reminders to be satisfied with yourself and the goals achieved – is the most important element to preserve your mental strength .
Try to remember to have fun during the process and do not take yourself too seriously. Enjoy experimenting and growth.
By appreciating the process you are in, and the lessons you’ve learned along the way, you will be able to avoid stress and negative emotions created even if you don’t achieve the final goal.
It is the process from which you learn from at most – NOT THE FINAL GOAL!