Why is it important to celebrate our small wins?

by May 9, 2023celebrate, goal setting, Positivity, small wins, Well Being0 comments

This month we celebrated the Coronation of King Charles III.  A moment in our history that doesn’t happen very often, where the whole of the UK could come together to watch and celebrate this special occasion.  And it made me think of the importance of celebrating our own special achievements – especially the small ones. 

Small wins are the incremental steps we take towards our bigger goals, and they can be just as important as the end goal itself. They give us a sense of progress, boost our confidence and motivation, and help us maintain momentum towards our ultimate objective.

If you are wanting to lose 20lbs, the final destination may seem a long way off and quite slow progress BUT if you are steadily losing a pound or two every week then that in itself is a fantastic achievement as you work your way to your end goal. 


If you feel you are struggling to achieve anything worthy of celebrating, and this can often be the case when you are going through depression or feeling overwhelmed or anxious, then break down your small wins even more.

Think of the things you have already achieved today, they don’t have to be anything major, just regular day to day things that we sometimes take for granted that we should  be able to achieve.  The main aspect to consider is acknowledging these as victories, no matter how small they may seem in the moment.

small daily wins

Making your bed

Getting ready for the day

Remembering to eat 

Going to work

Completing one task 

Taking a second to meditate 

Going outside for some fresh air

Completing any kind of workout no matter how easy / difficult 

Talking to someone about how you are feeling

Reading a few pages of a book or magazine or listening to a podcast

Doing your recycling

Cleaning the kitchen / doing the washing up / unloading the dishwasher

Putting some washing on / doing the ironing / putting it away (!)

Connecting with a friend or family member 

Decreasing your screen time even just by a few minutes

Making and checking off your daily to-do list 

Drinking enough water 

Getting up earlier 

Going to bed earlier

Helping someone else with a minor task 

Volunteering your time

Making a meal plan for the week

Eating something healthy 

It is so important that we take our mental health journeys one day at a time. If we think of how much work needs to be done, it can sometimes feel overwhelming and cause us to backtrack. 


When clients come and see me I always ask them to keep a very simple diary of their best bits of the day.  Just in bullet form – really simple, like the list above.  I ask them to write down what went well that day, what they achieved or what was a nice moment in their day.  This is to train their mind to find the positives even when things feel tough. There is ALWAYS something to be positive or grateful for.  Always!

The small victories are what keep us motivated to tackle the larger ones.  By celebrating small wins, we reinforce positive habits and behaviours that lead to success. We create a positive feedback loop that encourages us to continue working towards our goals. We also cultivate a growth mindset, which acknowledges that success is not always about achieving big milestones but is often about making progress every day.


Treat yourself to something you enjoy

After achieving a small win, reward yourself with something that brings you joy. This could be enjoying your favorite meal, watching a movie, or buying a small gift for yourself. 

Share your success with others

Share your small win with friends, family, or colleagues who can celebrate with you. Their congratulations and encouragement will help you feel acknowledged, appreciated and motivated to do more. 

Take a break

Celebrate your small win by taking a break from your work or routine. Go for a walk, spend time outdoors, or simply take a nap. Giving yourself a break can help you recharge and come back to your work with renewed energy. 

Reflect on your progress

Take time to reflect on how far you’ve come and the progress you’ve made towards your larger goals. This reflection can help you stay motivated and focused on the bigger picture.

Set new goals:

Celebrating a small win can also be an opportunity to set new goals or adjust your existing ones. Use your small win as a stepping stone towards bigger accomplishments, and set new goals that build on your progress.

So, let’s celebrate every step of the journey, no matter how small, and keep moving forward towards our dreams and our goals..

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