Feed Your Motivation By Celebrating Your Wins
Hi! My name is Coach Jimmy and I am coming to you live today from Dallas, Texas and we are talking about success. I know you have goals. I know you have things in your life that you are really trying to achieve and you are in that work ethic-hustle-grind-mode and I want to congratulate you for that, but there is a step…there is something really specific that I feel like people are missing when it comes to building a business or a weight loss journey or creating a product or whatever that thing is that’s your goal.
It’s a fact that we get so into hustle mode and grind mode and into what haven’t I achieved mode that we never take the time to celebrate our success.
You see before I got involved in business, I found myself as a three time college dropout who was a 100lbs overweight and was living back with my parents in my early 20s. So I didn’t have a lot to celebrate. Everything I wanted to do seems such like this giant mountain, it seem like this huge undertaking, and it wasn’t until I started setting smaller goals inside the big goal that I really started making progress.
A lot of times we set a really big goal and we get overwhelmed and it just seems like so much. Losing a hundred pounds, getting out of $60,000 of debt which is where I was with multiple maxed out credit cards. These things can just seem like, “I don’t know where to start. So I am not going to start because it just seems like it’s too big, the journey is too much.”
But once we start setting little goals, we start to reverse engineer this goal and say, “Okay, I am going to set a goal to eat healthy the next three days, to get in workouts the next three days, to start that business and get into the training and start activating things.” If you are writing a book I am going to write, sit down and write for an hour the next three days. Whatever that thing is that you are trying to build momentum towards, and you do that. You take that step and the next day you take that step and the next day. There comes a point where…let’s say you set yourself a mini goal. Are you taking the time after the mini goal to acknowledge it?
So let’s use the analogy of climbing up a mountain. You’re starting to take steps and all you were really focused on is that the summit of that mountain looks so far…I mean you feel like you have been walking for days, and you look up and you really don’t feel any closer to your goal than you did when you started.
Take a Breath and Look Around
But what I am going to challenge you to do is along that journey to stop for a second. Instead of always looking towards the big goal, always looking towards the peak, every once in a while when you climb a mountain you have to stop, and you have to turn around and look at how far you have come.
If all we ever do is look at what we haven’t achieved, the part of the journey we haven’t knocked out yet, those things we haven’t accomplished yet, it’s super easy to get discouraged.
We used to go hiking when I was a kid at church camps and it’s exactly what we would do. We started these trails that just seem to go on forever and about thirty minutes into the climb or so, our guide would say, “Okay, I want you guys to stop, and I know you’re tired and it looks like we still have a long way to go but take a second, turn around and look back where you are from, it wasn’t that long ago that you were at the bottom of this mountain.” By that point at thirty minutes in we had made significant progress and all of a sudden, you take a minute and you take a deep breath and you go, “Hey, I have come quite a long ways in a small amount of time!” There is something about acknowledging how far you have come that renewed your energy to keep going towards the top.
If all we ever do is look at what we haven’t achieved, the part of the journey we haven’t knocked out yet, those things we haven’t accomplished yet, it’s super easy to get discouraged. It’s super easy to continue to feel overwhelmed or continue to feel like our efforts…we’re not seeing the results. I see this all the time in people that are wanting to lose weight. They’re working out, they are eating better, they are busting their workouts in, and yet the only thing that they are doing to see if they are gaining any ground is the scale and I have always said I think the scale is the biggest liar any of us deal with.
An so let’s say they have been working with me in a program like INSANITY and they are like two weeks in and they’re like, “Jimmy, this is a hard program and I jumped on the scale and I put on a pound. I haven’t lost any weight. I want to quit. This sucks. I am willing to do the work as long as I am seeing results.”
Those same people I ask to take pictures periodically and put those pictures from today and two weeks ago side by side, never fails. Face is a little leaner, you can see a little more definition in their chest or their shoulders, maybe that pair of pants is fitting a little more loosely. That’s where sometimes we need to find other ways to see how far we have come. It works the same way in business. Maybe we are not seeing that jump in income yet, maybe we are not seeing that product come to fruition, but we are making ground.
Success Isn’t Just One Thing
Maybe our social media following is growing. We are trying to build our business via social media and we are trying to gain a following or create a culture of some kind, but we just don’t see the bank account rising up yet, but we do start seeing it a little bit of an interaction. We see more followers on that YouTube Channel. There are more views on that video.
So you have got to find ways to measure your success beyond just the obvious ones and you really need to take time to acknowledge those little victories you have, because why do people get burned out? I think people get burned out because they never take the time to acknowledge what they have done along the way.
I know people in my industry that have hit huge plateaus. The Millionaire’s Club, a top ranking you know, bringing their spouse home from a job that they hate and yet they still feel really bad about their business because they never really took the time to acknowledge, “Yes, I did that and this is how far I have come.” Just take a moment and just take that deep breath and pat yourself on the back and go, “Yeah! I did that!” Then you take that small time to celebrate and then you set the next goal and keep going.
You have got to find ways to measure your success beyond just the obvious ones and you really need to take time to acknowledge those little victories you have.
That’s the second part of this is when you do celebrate the success, don’t sit on it too long. You don’t need to celebrate for a month. If you are in a weight loss and all of a sudden you celebrate for a month, those results are going to go the other way. Same thing in business. Same thing in your relationships. Same thing when creating a product or whatever it is that you are trying to do.
Set a short amount of time to live it up, celebrate, pat yourself on the back, find a way to celebrate that doesn’t sabotage your results to this point, and then set the next mini goal and get after it.
I hope this has helped you today. This is what I would love to know from you in the comments, tell me one little goal that you are celebrating. Maybe it’s a big goal that you haven’t taken the time to celebrate. Tell me one thing in the comments that you’re celebrating today so I can help you celebrate as well. My name is Coach Jimmy. Until next time let’s celebrate our success. Take care!