There is no better place than in his heart to celebrate a small accomplishment. This is not the mark of narcissism, it is above all the proof of gratitude to destiny. Our efforts are not often rewarded as much as we had hoped for, but they are always rewarded.
There is no better place than in one’s heart to celebrate a small accomplishment. This is not the mark of narcissism, it is above all the proof of gratitude towards destiny. Our efforts are often not rewarded as much as we would like, but they are always rewarded.
It may seem childish not to show gratitude when we receive blessings.
There is always something to celebrate
A celebration of a victory, however humble, is like a moment of calm in a race. Of course, one can continue to run passionately, but the burden of the effort becomes increasingly heavy to bear. It is appropriate to take a slight break, to feel pleasure in the delectation of that water that one swallows whole. It is the same for the race of life. It does not always have a clear goal for us, we only know that the final arrival is death, that is why hurrying can seem like madness. However, at every stage of our journey, we can keep the hope of progress even if the outcome is inevitably tragic. Whether you are looked down upon or disregarded, there is always a higher entity that is willing to listen to you and believes in you. God will not abandon you, even if you have forgotten him at times – his messages will only be inaudible to you in that case.
When you sneeze, time stops, or at least it remains suspended, you become your own observer – just before the sneeze – for a quarter of a second. To be grateful is to sneeze longer. It’s taking stock, stopping for a moment in our tracks to savor the work we’ve done and contemplate the work we still have to do.
Drink these cool sips of water along your journey through life. It will make your journey more enjoyable. Do not look at those who seek to bring you down. Instead, bow down to God like a plant that bends down to catch the sun’s rays.
Celebrating is healthy and conducive to happiness
One victory necessarily calls for another and the result is a never-ending race that prevents us from living in gratitude, a necessary condition for happiness. We win hundreds of small victories every day without realizing it. They go unnoticed because we take them for granted. It could be getting up earlier than the day before, finishing an important task, helping a loved one who needs it, etc.
The idea is to reconnect with a more optimistic outlook on life. When we forget these victories, we feel like we are in a dark tunnel at the end of which our biggest goal may seem so far away as to be unattainable. If we can’t keep the feeling of progressing every day, we can simply turn back and forget about our life goal.
That’s why it’s essential to keep your spirits up by breaking down a big goal into realistic milestones to better achieve it.
It may seem childish or even childish not to show any gratitude even though we receive blessings.
A victory celebration, however humble, is like a moment of thirst quenching during a race. Of course we can continue to run passionately, but the burden of effort becomes heavier and heavier to bear. It is advisable to take a slight break, to experience pleasure in the delight of this water that one swallows at full sip. It is the same for the race of life. This one does not always have a clear goal for us, we only know that the final finish is death, that’s why hurrying can be madness. However, on all the stages of our path, we can keep the hope of progress even if the outcome is inevitably tragic. Whether one looks at you with contempt or disinterest, there is always a higher entity ready to listen to you and believe in you. God will not abandon you, even if you have abandoned Him – His messages will only be inaudible to you in this case.
When you sneeze, time stops, or at least it stands still, you become your own observer – just before you sneeze – for a quarter of a second. Gratefulness is somehow sneezing longer. It is taking stock, stopping for a moment in one’s run to savor the work accomplished and contemplate the work that remains to be done.
Drink those sips of fresh water along the way that is life. It will make your journey more enjoyable. Don’t look at those who seek to demean you. Lower yourself before God alone like an endive bending down to catch the sun’s rays.
The SMART method to become aware of your small victories
Here is a reminder of the “SMART” method that you probably know. Each letter stands for: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound.
Your big life goal should be defined using this method. The same goes for each milestone you will define.
Now let’s say your goal is: you want to create a business that will allow you to free up time to pursue your various passions. This goal is too vague. Remember, precision actually helps you achieve what you’re looking for like the red dot in the center of a target helps the archer. Here is a more detailed explanation of what each letter means:
Specific: To earn X euros / dollars per month to be able to sail / take care of your family / visit different countries / practice guitar etc.
Measurable: Define objective criteria that will allow you to say whether or not you have achieved this goal. For example, here, it can be: the income to be reached, the number of daily hours worked, the traffic of your web page if it is important in your project, the number of customers etc.
Achievable: It is a matter of setting a goal that takes into account our current situation, our beliefs (identity), our level of knowledge and expertise in the field in question, our learning capacity as well as our margin of progress. A goal that is too ambitious can have a counter-productive effect and demoralize us or at least make us procrastinate, so it is important to put it within our reach even if it must of course challenge us a little.
Realistic: Define a goal that is consistent with the resources we have at our disposal (time, money, etc.)
Time: in 18 months for example. The time constraint gives an intensity, an order of battle. If you don’t set a time limit, you risk falling victim to Parkinson’s law: time, like a gas, tends to occupy all the space you give it (no time limit = infinite time).
A milestone follows exactly the same step but it is a delimited part of a big goal and has a shorter time constraint. A good basis for effective goal setting is to define a daily goal, a weekly goal, a monthly goal, a three month goal … 6 months etc. If you’re really into micro milestones, you could set infinitesimal goals (hours etc.), make sure they don’t have the opposite effect of making you lose clarity and consistency with larger goals. All of this will finally allow you to see that you have things to celebrate and that you are on the right track.