Redefine Success by Celebrating the Little Things
Enough of success being defined by having lots of money and lots of power. There is much more to success than this. It’s time to redefine what it means to succeed.
How do YOU define success?
First: Let’s talk about what ‘success’ is.
Success is often defined in big, broad terms. A major accomplishment, a one-time event, a milestone, money, or popularity. Whilst you should always celebrate your big accomplishments, there’s fulfillment to be found in the everyday little wins.
Celebrating these smaller successes and victories on a personal level is a form of wellbeing and resilience training to become more present in the moment, practice gratitude, and boost your overall mental and physical health.
If you’re looking for mindfulness examples, look no further. We’re going to break down why and how to shift your mindset to focus on your individual journey, with mindfulness examples to redefine success.
Why Celebrate the Little Things?
According to Psychology Today, many people define success by material means. A big house, a brand new car, having lots of money, or new, shiny things. It’s worth considering whether these narrow things truly fulfill us day-to-day - chances are, the answer is no.
Success is not a one-size-fits-all concept, so it should not be limited to a singular moment or achievement. Be it in your personal or professional life, instead of focusing on one big success, recognise and celebrate the many little successes that occur throughout your health and wellbeing journey.
Long-term fulfillment and satisfaction. After all, power and material items are temporary, and can disconnect us from what truly matters in life. Focusing on small successes, like learning something new, or having a good conversation with a loved one, can help build momentum and lead to greater accomplishments in the future.
Ultimately, success is personal, and personal things bring meaning and purpose. Everyday joys, like pursuing a hobby or going for a walk, offer a sense of meaning that relates more to our own unique values, passions, and dreams in a healthier and stronger way than generalised milestones or status symbols.
Once you’ve redefined success by focusing on your own personal growth, you lay the foundations for improving your mindset, your mental health, and your physical health. All of a sudden, you’re finding victories everywhere - in your morning routine, your friends and family, and your evening wind-downs. This lifts our mood by exercising creativity, growing our relationships, and gaining a feeling of agency and inner strength.
But remember: start small, build up. Don’t put pressure on yourself trying to come up with your small successes at first. Be active, not forceful; let them come naturally for the most part. Eventually, your shifted mindset will find you actively looking for little things to celebrate, rejoicing in the small wins. This mental health and wellbeing training will set you up for better long-term wellbeing.
Now we know the why, let’s look at the how.
How To Redefine Success?
Success should not be limited to external achievements. Instead, it should include personal growth and happiness. Mindfulness is key to expanding your mindset successfully. Mindfulness is the grounded, careful consideration of daily acts to improve your overall wellbeing.
Shift your focus: Instead of focusing on external markers of success, shift your focus to everyday things that make you happy, such as talking to a loved one or having a relaxing bath.
Set meaningful goals: Set goals that align with your personal values and passions. This can mean setting goals related to personal growth, learning, and self-improvement.
Celebrate small victories: This can be as simple as acknowledging a job well done, finishing a task, or learning a new skill.
Practice mindfulness: Being present in the moment helps you appreciate the small joys in life and find meaning in everyday experiences.
Prioritise self-care: Taking care of yourself is a crucial aspect of success. Getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and taking time to rest and recharge sets you up for success.
You can practice this kind of mindfulness in the workplace or at home to boost your life in a well-rounded way.
Examples of Personal Success
If you’re looking for specific ways to go about redefining personal success for yourself or to implement into staff wellbeing policy, we’ve put together a list of ways to redefine success.
Pursue a hobby
A personal project offers the chance to celebrate frequent, small milestones as you progress. Arts and crafts, reading, writing, sports, or listening to some music. Taking a class, learning a new skill, or trying a new hobby can help us feel accomplished and fulfilled.
Treat yourself by going for a walk, watching the sunset or sunrise, enjoying a tea or coffee, getting creative, practising meditation, or having a relaxing bath to slow things down and shine some happiness in your day.
Connect with other people
Chat with a loved one, or call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while. Meet up in person for coffee, have lunch with a co-worker, or spend quality time with your kids. There are successes to be found everywhere with the connections we make.
Go to an event
This doesn’t have to be a big party or ceremony. Volunteer in the community, host a small gathering, join a social group or club. Finding a space to socialise and celebrate at the same time uplifts our mood and puts us in that success mindset.
These ideas help us to set achievable goals, celebrate progress often, and focus on gratitude to find success in even the most mundane moments of our lives.
“Happiness is all about celebrating small wins.” Abdul Jawad Khattak
Redefining success by moving away from big, material things and focusing on the personal everyday things that bring us joy. Finding small, individual personal successes in daily life can lead to greater fulfillment and happiness.
By setting achievable goals, celebrating progress, practising self-care, trying new things, focusing on gratitude, connecting with others, and reflecting on personal growth, we can find success in even the most mundane moments of our lives.
So take a breath, consider what success means to you, and refit it to suit your personal journey!
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