There is a saying that says, “success is a series of small wins”. However, there is a temptation in many of us to constantly be driven forward and perpetually focused on “what’s next”.
Today, I was reminded to pause and acknowledge a win. I was working on my media kit and discovered how much I was all over the internet on people’s shared and saved podcasts, iHeart radio and numerous sites I didn’t know existed. It was a win worth acknowledging because wherever people choose to listen and read what you have to share, you know you are impacting people’s lives.
The power of acknowledging wins, even small ones, is that they start to accumulate in your mind and heart and will encourage you to keep going. Wins like getting up to exercise and eating healthy, tackling and making progress on a difficult project, succeeding in achieving a goal, trying something new, or pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone. Wins like sharing your faith or praying for someone, building into your relationships, and taking the time to do the things you love.
God is totally into celebrating wins, as documented throughout the bible. For example, the shepherds, wise men, and angels celebrated the birth of Jesus with gifts, songs, and prayer. Israel and the early Christians marked their calendars with celebrations such as the Feast of Booths, the year of Jubilee, communion, and baptism.
Jesus said He came to give us a joyful, overflowing life (John 10:10 Amp). He expects us to celebrate at every opportunity – both in our relationship with Him and in the wins we experience daily. It’s never God’s plan for us to live dull, boring lives, and Jesus’ example shows that. He was even criticised for partying too much.
Today, make a point of celebrating your big and small wins. Document when and where you have accomplished something this week or month, remembering it’s the small wins we can easily forget about in the daily routine. But success is initially a series of small wins, that added up creates momentum and breakthrough.
Keep track and then reward and treat yourself in some way as you pause and thank God because these wins are the achievements that will fuel your progress, add to your sense of happiness, and give you the motivation to keep going.
“At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, the Levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully the dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps, and lyres.” (Nehemiah 12:27)
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Jesus said, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
Prayer: Lord, please help me acknowledge and celebrate the wins in my life, both big and small. I would be able to see the progress and steps I am making to become all that you made me to be and recognise your hand upon my life. In Jesus name Amen.