Society has programmed us to relate with “big” success while ignoring the small process of processes that led to the labor and delivery of people’s sought-after lifestyle and success. In fact, it is becoming a norm to unabashedly ignore how successful people originally started small, or even considering workarounds for obstacles or constructive solutions shaped for challenges encountered on the pathway to success.
This omission or absolute disregard for the processes that guides small success morphing into mega breakthroughs has created a class of desperate people who, many a time, focus more on what they want to be with little or no attention to what they need to know and do to be who they want to become.
Failure is a variable in the equation called success.
For individuals committed to small steps to success, their detailed plan and self-motivation sometimes goes out the window when overwhelming challenges or disappointments sets in. In most cases, these hardworking people begin to downplay their small but established progress and give in to pessimism or misguided methods of handling challenges.
Failure is a variable in the equation called success. In most cases, they are steppingstones to later success. In fact, per a Harvard Business Review publication written by Professors Francesca Gino and Gary Pisano “learning from failure is one of the most important capacities for people and companies to develop”.
There’s always some progress to recognize in a day, even on the most challenging or discouraging days.
Similarly, another Don with the Harvard Business School Professor Teresa Amabile, after studying employees’ daily diaries she and her team had designed in a research, discovered that the efforts of tracking small achievements each day, as well as reflecting on challenges, enhanced workers’ motivation as well as creativity. She explains further that “the chance to consider and record one’s progress, helps us appreciate our “small wins” and boosts our sense of competence. We can then “leverage” that confidence, along with lessons learned from the reflection, toward subsequent, larger successes. Professor Amabile stresses there’s always some progress to recognize in a day, even on the most challenging or discouraging days.
Every step you take or any mistake you make along the way is part of progress getting you closer to where you want to be.
The above discoveries also hold true in a piece titled “Small Lessons Lead to Big Successes” by Pastor and author Rick Warren who said “I have learned in the waiting periods of life that little lessons lead to big successes. Some of the tiniest lessons I’ve learned in dry periods, in depressing periods, in discouraging periods have been the keys to big successes in my life. Little lessons lead to big successes.”
Always take time to recognize the little success you make along the way when working towards a goal or goals. This is because every step you take or any mistake you make along the way is part of progress getting you closer to where you want to be.
Celebrating every step in your plan and approach to goals and success is very substantial in your journey through life and career.
Given these points, always remember that celebrating every step in your plan and approach to goals and success is very substantial in your journey through life and career.