Celebrate the small wins and warm the cockles of your heart

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Do you find that you keep harping on yourself for not doing better?

I know I do.

That’s why today we’re talking about celebrating the small wins.

What is a small win?

It is something small that you wouldn’t normally celebrate. Here are a couple of examples of small wins:

  • You made a few cents on Google Adsense.
  • You helped someone out.
  • You donated a couple of dollars to a donation drive.

These are small wins.

Don’t be so hard on yourself

You shouldn’t constantly be negative to yourself.

You’re not helping anyone by doing it.

If anything, you’re making yourself more down because you constantly think negative.

Making yourself feel bad isn’t going to help anyone. So turn that frown upside down.

How does this relate to your business?

By keeping a positive mental attitude through celebrating small wins, you’re more likely to move towards your goals. You’ll take small steps to where you want to be by being positive.

Let’s illustrate this point with a quote,

“When we are in a positive mood, people like us better, and friendship, love, and coalitions are more likely to cement. In contrast to the constrictions of negative emotion, our mental set is expansive, tolerant, and creative. We are open to new ideas and new experience.” -Martin Seligman PhD (Bringham Young University Source)

I don’t know about you, but I want to have stronger relationship by keeping a positive attitude.

So, better attitude = better business.

Why should you celebrate them?

You’re giving yourself some positive reinforcement.

As a teacher, you have to reinforce good behaviour.

This bit of reinforcement makes you feel good on the inside and warms the cockles of your heart.

Here is a small example:

The other day I was at the grocery store checking out.

I did my normal conversation with the cashier, my girlfriends hates this and yes I am one of those guys who talks to the cashier, anyways she asked me if I wanted to make a small donation to help kids out.

It was only a couple of dollars so I said sure. It made me feel good on the inside, I was thinking good karma.

Also, it made the cashier’s day too because it was the first day for the donation drive, and I was the first person to donate. So in my head I did a small win dance. It was something so simple but it made my day.

You see, celebrate the small wins.

Final thoughts

I’d love to hear how you celebrate your small wins. Leave a comment below with some of your small wins.


  1. Right you are, Iain!

    Well-known money management guru Dave Ramsey talks about the importance of small wins. In his “debt snowball” technique, he recommends writing down every debt that you owe, in order from smallest to greatest.

    Make only the minimum payments on all but ONE of the bills. That one, we throw as much extra cash as we can at to eliminate one at a time.

    The object is to pay off the little bitty ones first, regardless of the interest rate.

    Never mind that paying off the highest interest debt makes more “financial sense”…. because if we had been applying financial sense in the first place we wouldn’t have amassed the debt in the first place.

    THEN, Ramsey says, we continue paying the minimum on all the debts except for the next one in line… paying the minimum on it PLUS whatever we had been throwing at the first.

    The idea is that each small win starts the momentum going and making you believe more and more that you can DO this…. and that helps you stay with the program.

    If it works for getting out of debt, it works for building a bizness too; how many establishments have you walked into where they have framed the first dollar they made?

    Thanks for the reminder Iain, to celebrate small wins. MY small win today is that I got to read this post of yours.

    Keep Stepping,


    • Iain Robson says:

      I have heard of Dave Ramsey but I honestly don’t know much about him.

      I like his idea of getting out of debt. It’s simple yet effective.

      Believing in yourself plays a big part when you down because of debt. It also relates to many other things like running a business. Maintaining momentum in the right direction can make the difference between success and failure for some.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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