Celebrate The Little Victories
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When we’re focused on building, growing, and developing, our sights are often in the future.
While there are obvious benefits to playing the long game, we mustn’t do so at the expense of the here and now.
Again, there are benefits to delaying gratification long enough to get, do, or become what we want.
But if we forgo any acknowledge of how far we’ve come, we’ll never truly appreciate our journey.
You see, there are two gaps in our lives specifically when referring to our journey.
The first gap is the one between where we are and where we are going. And if you’re like me, you’re doing everything you can to close this gap.
You’re showing up each and every day to do your work.
The second gap is the one between where we are and from where we’ve come. This gap is our growth, our progress.
Each and every day that you show up with your head down and your heart up, ready and willing to do your work, and depending on how you view your progress you either increase the size of this gap or create an entirely new gap.
For me, I create a new gap each and every day. One from yesterday’s Ev to today’s Ev. Better every day. These gaps may be smaller for me, but they are consistent.
It doesn’t matter how you view your progress as long as you take the time to acknowledge it. I’m not telling you to spend a week celebrating but rather pausing for a moment to truly appreciate what you’ve accomplished in the last day, month, year, or a couple of years.
Looking back can be a powerful motivator to keep you moving forward. Don’t stay in the past too long. But, use the “if I could do that then I can absolutely do this."
Be proud of the person you’re becoming by showing up and doing your work. Be proud of what happens when you put your head down. Be proud of what happens when you keep your heart up. Be proud of your ability to combine your focus and your passion.
Be proud knowing there is nothing in this world that can stop you.
Because if you haven’t given up yet, there’s no need to give up now.
I honor you, my friend. I honor your challenges and struggles. But more importantly, I honor your triumphs for which I know there have been and will continue to be many.
Because this is what I know:
You’re unbreakable. You’re unshakeable. You’re unstoppable. You always have been. And you always will be.
And to me, that’s worth celebrating.
Here’s to you, my dear friends,