The one habit that only successful people have
Teresa Amabile from The Harvard Business School studied how everyday life inside organizations can influence people and their productivity. Apparently, after analyzing 12,000 diary entries from 238 employees they found something really interesting about their efforts.
Tracking small achievements every day enhanced the workers’ motivation. The researcher explained that, when we track and celebrate our daily wins, we get a boost in our confidence. We can then leverage this confidence toward larger successes in the future.
I personally still find it difficult at times to celebrate the daily wins. Heck, I find it hard to celebrate even the big wins!
For example, I didn’t do anything to celebrate it when I signed my first client. This. Is. A. Mistake.
And in this article, I’ll tell you why it’s a mistake not to celebrate your wins and why you should acknowledge even the smallest achievements. With a bottle of wine. In a bathtub. With candles. And a plate of fresh exotic fruit.
WHY DO YOU NEED TO CELEBRATE YOUR DAILY WINS
We need to remember that, no matter how big and complicated and smart we want to pretend to be, we are still very simple beings. We are still driven by rewards and punishment.
Whenever we celebrate an achievement, out brain activates the reward circuitry. Then, it releases the feel-good hormones. Dopamine, in particular.
What it does is it gives us a feeling of pride, and just a general feel-good aura. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that gets released after an orgasm, too. 😉
It’s also the same neurotransmitter that people get hooked on while gambling, smoking, or doing drugs. Essentially, you get hooked on progress and achievement. How neat!
When we feel that sweet taste of mini-victory, we want to continue pursuing this feeling further. Which, in turn, gives us motivation to move towards the action that triggered this release of dopamine in the first place.
I cannot find the article that I’ve seen somewhere, but it mentioned that entrepreneurs, who acknowledge their victories are more successful than the ones that don’t.
I don’t know how much truth this statement holds, but it makes total sense to me. If you are constantly rewarding yourself, you will feel more motivated to pull yourself towards another reward. Ultimately, the person who has been celebrating their wins daily would achieve more than the one who didn’t.
WHAT WINS SHOULD YOU CELEBRATE?
I understand if it feels silly to you to celebrate you being able to get out of the bed in the morning. Or that one meditation session. Or a 20-minute walk outside.
I was (and still am, in a way) the same, too. I would ask, “why would I celebrate such a minuscule thing if I could be achieving much bigger things, if I just weren’t so lazy?..”
Well, the thing is, sproutsicle, that you are not really celebrating THESE wins.
You are celebrating your dedication to your goal. You are celebrating your new habits. You are celebrating your consistency. You are celebrating who you are BECOMING, the NEW you.
And that is way more important than your big-ass goal at the end of the journey, if you ask me.
Not only that, but the acknowledgement of these daily wins will motivate you and reinforce you to continue the “good behavior”.
At the end, these tiny celebrations and wins will lead you to the big goals and life-changing achievements.
HOW TO CELEBRATE YOUR DAILY WINS
There’s many ways you can reward yourself for achieving the daily goals. And no, they don’t have to involve alcohol! 😄
Find yourself an accountability buddy. Being able to share your daily joy and achievement with someone who understands where you’re at is an incredible experience. Not only that, but keeping touch with your buddy will also provide you with the motivation to actually achieve these goals on time. You can start by looking around in Facebook groups – I’m sure you’ll find one in a day!
Chocolate. If there are some foods that you really really love, but you know that you shouldn’t be having them as a main meal of the day or even as a snack, use them to motivate yourself. It’s gonna be hard at first, but if you stick to only using this food as a reward, it will motivate the heck out of you!
Doing weekly or daily reviews. Even the act of acknowledging your daily wins will be rewarding enough for you to continue pursuing your goals.
Use a goal-tracking app. Some apps give you virtual high-fives or rewards towards your game character’s experience. These can be extremely helpful with accomplishing things when there’s nobody around you to cheer you up.
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Hi! I’m Cornelia.