In a world where we are inundated with images and messaging around success, it is easy to get into an overloaded mode when you are trying to do too many things all at once, which leads to too much multi-tasking and unfocused energy. This can leave you feeling overwhelmed and feeling like you can’t accomplish anything. In many cases, you can’t when you are in this mode. As a result, there is the imminent danger of that negative little voice in your head, reminding you of all your failures and missteps.
I have an antidote for you. Try a little exercise today to start creating little wins. Start easy. Start with what’s in front of you, like your desk. Pick up that paperclip that has been sitting on your desk for the last month and put it back into the paper clip holder. Then, smile and pat yourself on the back for that little win. Celebrate that little win. Your desk is that much neater in matter of a couple of seconds. Then, go through that pile of papers on your desk. Attack it with a vengeance – sort, file, and trash. Done. In 10-15 minutes, win #2. Remember to stop, smile and say “win” to yourself for every small task you do. Celebrate it every time. Before you know it, your desk will be organized and neat. Now that’s a big win. The point is that all the little wins add up to the big win. It is easy to focus on looking at the overall picture and feeling immediately overwhelmed. In many cases, it can paralyze us.
So, change your point of view. Start small, remembering to create little wins for you everyday. Remember to stop and give yourself the pat on the back using the “win” language. Celebrate your accomplishments daily, no matter how small. That consistent positive messaging will start to change your attitude and if you can create a series of little wins and successes on a daily basis, then you will be surprised at what you can accomplish. Now, get out there and create that little win!