How do you measure success? Do you measure it based on reaching small goals until you get to the big one? Do you measure it only by reaching your ultimate goal? Do you measure it by the standard of “at least I tried?” Do you measure it based on the success of others?
I used to measure success solely based on accomplishing the ultimate outcomes I set for myself, never taking into account the small victories. I now realize the small victories matter just as much as the big ones and you should be very proud of it. In fact, the only way to get to the major victories is by reaching “small” victories.
I’ve witnessed the transformation that this 100 day plan has had and continues to have on my life, primarily because I am my own case study. I’ve followed my plan even if it meant sacrificing fun or time hanging out with friends. I’ve followed my plan even if it meant staying up late or waking up early. Through this sacrifice, I have been able to bear witness to the small victories.
I think it’s a bit unfair to call them “small victories” because any victory regardless of its magnitude is a victory nonetheless; and ALL victories matter. For our purposes, we’ll call these incremental victories.
While I’ve had many, I would like to share a few of my small victories, I mean, incremental victories with you. As a result of my embracing a new way of eating and exercising daily, I’ve lost a significant amount of weight and visibly gained muscle mass. As a result of sacrificing time with friends, watching tv and playing video games, I’ve read 4 books in 29 days. As a result of praying daily and meditating, I am much closer to God and His purpose for my life than I’ve ever been before; my conscious is clear.
These incremental victories are precisely what will lead me to the must outcomes I’ve written down in the 100 Day plan. How much closer are you to reaching your ultimate goal? Are you spending time recognizing and reflecting on your incremental successes? Believe it or not, you are a much better person on Day 29 than you were on Day 1; I know I am.
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