Small Victories Still Count As Victories
We often don’t give ourselves credit for all of the things we can do. We need to be thankful for all of the small victories…stepping stones.
When I start working with a new client, and their ultimate goal is to lose 100 pounds, I start them off setting small, short-term, obtainable goals. The long-term, total goal is 100 pounds, but the first small hurdle will be the first 10 pounds. Something with a short time frame, and much less terrifying than trying to lose 100 pounds.
My journey metaphor works well here. If you are standing at the beginning of your weight loss path, the last step would be the 100 pound weight loss goal. The first stepping stone would be 10 pounds. We get discouraged when we don’t have immediate results; instant gratification…that is the world we live in.
Being proud of yourself for what you can do today, that you couldn’t do yesterday, is very important for your psyche. The first time I ran on a treadmill, I walked for 58 minutes and jogged for 2 minutes…but I hadn’t jogged 2 minutes in 10 years…that was a small victory! At 33 years old, I did my first pull-up, EVER….I used a resistance band (so it was considered assisted), but I had never even done an assisted pull-up in my life. Someone in the gym told me it didn’t count, wasn’t a “real pull-up”. I told them not to try and take that away from me…it was such a great moment of pride for me, they were not going to undermine me.
If you decide not to do sit-ups because you aren’t able to do very many reps, how are you going to build muscle/gain strength? It sounds silly when you read that, doesn’t it? We all have a baseline we start from when we begin an exercise regimen…maybe you do 25 sit-ups today, and maybe you build up to 50 in a month’s time.
If you haven’t been able to do a sit-up for 15 years, and you do 10 in a workout…that is something to be proud of!!! We build on each stepping stone, each small victory, to create our new short-term goals.
Your mindset is a crucial part of success.