“I just…I just need a win,” he said vulnerably.
This was not the typical response of the man I have built a life with. He’s usually the one encouraging me and reminding me that good things are around the corner. Today it was my turn to return the favor.
“I know, Honey. I feel that way too sometimes,” I said. “But you know what, we actually have had a lot of wins lately. They just aren’t the big wins we were hoping to have by now.”
As we sat there on the floor, I began listing off all the small wins that we had experienced lately:
- A successful jewelry party that brought in an income for our household.
- A possible new client for a side business we wanted to finally start.
- Money saved in our medical account for my medicine – something we had never had in the past.
- A small amount of money saved in our savings – something we couldn’t even have years earlier because of all the debt we were in.
- We both had skills that we had built up through the years that no-one could take away from us.
- And we both have the main ingredients of success: Hope, determination, and persistence.
After he left to go finish some chores, I found myself vacuuming our apartment and talking out loud to God about all the wins we actually DID have, but also about the wins that He promised would someday be coming. I thanked Him for the small wins and for the big ones that were on the way…in His timing.
That’s when I realized the importance of the small wins. Oh, I’ve heard it said quite often that we need to be diligent in the small things and celebrate the sprouts. But on this day, I recognized that the small wins are what big wins are built upon.
Little by little, every day, we build upon the things we want in life. We all have small wins, small victories that pop up and it’s our job to recognize them, thank God for them, and celebrate them. Yet all too often we diminish them because they aren’t big enough. I know I’m not alone in this.
The test we all face in those moments is this: will we diminish a small win for not being the BIG win we were hoping and wishing for by now? Or will we celebrate the small win and make it count BIG?
The small wins count BIG if we celebrate them!
When we celebrate the small wins, we set ourselves up for the next level.
When we celebrate the small wins, we let God know that we are thankful for the blessings.
When we celebrate the small wins, we let our faith shine.
When we celebrate the small wins, we build our trust in God.
When we celebrate the small wins, we let God know that we are ready for more because we are aware of the process.
So my question to you today is this:
What small wins do you need to celebrate lately to make them count BIG?
Don’t put this off any longer. Take out a pen and paper and write down all of your small wins – right NOW! See if you can come up with 5-10 of them and I bet by the end of that list you’ll feel much better about your circumstances. Each win is proof that something is growing. It might take more time than you’d like, but keep at it.
Small wins count BIG…but only if you intentionally acknowledge them.
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Mandy B. Anderson is the Co-Founder of Big Blue Couch™ Coaching, LLC. Born with Cystic Fibrosis, Mandy has walked the road of an Overcomer her entire life. She is passionate about helping others rise above their circumstances, be brave, and live beautifully whole. She is the author of the books, In Sickness and In Health: Lessons Learned on the Journey from Cystic Fibrosis to Total Health , Unashamed: Embracing Your Authentic Self in a Cookie Cutter World, and She Who Overcomes. Mandy lives in North Dakota with her husband, Nate, and their fur-baby, Ajah B.