Celebrate the Little Wins

Celebrate the Little Wins

 

I’ve never really been one to celebrate my wins. Big or small, Sparky and I usually allow ourselves a moment or a smile, but we don’t really celebrate. It’s always seemed kind of… self-centred.

But recently I completed a 10-day workout challenge by a woman named Liz D’Alto. And at the end of every gruelling session, when I was out on my feet, sucking in the big breaths, she told us to dance a little celebratory dance. She encouraged us to sing out loud, “I did it! I did it! Oh yeah, I did it,” while doing the running man. The sillier the better.

On Day 1, I ignored her. I didn’t win a marathon. I deserved no post-workout dancing.

On Day 2, however, her joy was enough to convince me. So I tried it out. I danced a little celebration. I shook my arms and hopped around like a goofball. I celebrated finishing my workout.

Do you know how good that felt? To celebrate that little win?

It was a revelation.

It didn’t cost me anything. It didn’t bother anyone else. It simply said to me, “You’ve done something today. You could have skipped your workout, you could have stopped before you finished, but you didn’t. And that’s awesome.”

It filled me up. And, yes, it was self-centred. But that’s the point of celebrating, isn’t it?

 

Celebrate your little wins

Did you get up early this morning? Dance a little celebration – a little booty shake is all you need.

Run to the top of the hill? Give yourself a Rocky moment up there – hands in the air.

Managed a discipline issue with grace and a level-head? High-five yourself in the mirror.

Sent an email you’d been putting off? Give it a little “whoop, whoop.”

Finished the pile of ironing that’s been sitting there for weeks? That’s worthy of a song. About yourself.

 

In fact, why not have a little win right now?

  • Pick up 5 things.
  • Meditate for 5 minutes.
  • Do 5 push-ups, 5 squats and 5 sit-ups.
  • Drink a glass of water. (Or 5.)
  • Write a list of 5 things to do this week. Go do one.

Then, celebrate.

 

Even if you’re not a celebrator, today – just for today – give it a shot. Try telling yourself that you are, in fact, pretty awesome. Because it’s true.

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9 Responses to Celebrate the Little Wins

  1. van says:

    This is something I have trouble with, too – celebrating the little wins. My inner critique would roll his eyes and snigger at any glimmer of bliss I get out of my small victories, especially if it involves anything to do with writing. I’ve been ignoring him lately, and this post is a great reminder to continue doing so :) thanks, Brooke!

  2. Cybele @ BlahBlah says:

    Oh, yeah, baby! I live with a man who celebrates the opening of an envelope but I still get awkward about it. I am going to try a little more whoop whoop, coz I might just like it. Thank you for the thought!

  3. Sabine says:

    That´s great. I have to celebrate more you are right. Van says: “the inner critique would roll his eyes”. Try it! You have to smile, haven´t you? It´s a funny little exercise. Thank you for your blog.

  4. I love this post
    Verk very true!!
    Celebrate your little wins and you might find it wasn’t so hard to do it and try it

    I usually give myself some chill time after doing something. Like garden work or cleaning a room. To sit and read a magazine, blog, or book. A little prize for what I achieved :)
    That works for me!

  5. Well, I’m celebrating with you, Brooke! You go, girl! ;-)

    We all worry about being self-centered and arrogant way too much. So much that we really push ourselves to the equally as destructive opposite. If we would celebrate for a friend, why wouldn’t we celebrate for ourselves? There is nothing self-centered at all, with treating ourselves with the same level of kindness that we give everyone else–you know, acknowledging that we actually are a part of humanity! :-)

  6. It’s funny – I am partial to the happy-dance when good things happen. Like just the other night when my fiance asked me if I had any ironing that I needed done (and I did). Then there he was doing it and I HATE ironing and we’ve just moved in together so it suddenly occurred to me that he’s happy to do the ironing which means I don’t have to – I DID A HAPPY DANCE!

    But when it comes to my own wins – things that I have achieved… I don’t celebrate. I tell myself it’s because I’m still developing my work and as Ira Glass advises – I’m trying to build my 10,000 hours if you like – and one day I’ll start feeling happy with the quality of my work and then I’ll feel happy because I’ve finally achieved things at a level that I’m happy with… one day ;)

  7. Hi Brooke

    Your post got me thinking: when my daughter was little we would celebrate things like walking, speaking, feeding yourself, going through the night dry. Then later on celebrate working hard at school, swimming a width in the pool etc. She would love getting the badge, the sticker, the praise and was happy to celebrate her own successes.

    My daughter is now 14 years old and she is embarrassed if she gets a compliment. She really hates it.

    This is so common, as we grow older we have this attitude that false modesty is humble and therefore good.

    Bethany was right, celebrating ourselves isn’t self centred or arrogant and we do need to treat ourselves with kindness.

    Celebrating little wins is important, thank you for the reminder.

  8. Renee says:

    How amazing, that this post should appear now. I’m in a state of flux in my life – torn between two phases and two paths – struck down by certain fears and anxieties born of duty and obligation. My small win this week was to start a blog to focus on my photography and writings. Inspired by awesome women, such as yourself, it feels like the biggest win to carve out some sort of digital space for myself in this hectic world.

    I wish you all the best with your new ventures – can’t wait to read Romper! Maybe you could stop by sometime xox

  9. Rah says:

    LOVE this. Imma go drink a glass of water so I can dance around the kitchen x

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