The power of small wins

Today I felt excited and enthused.  I sent my draft book to Loulou Brown  proof-reader/copy editor.  The manuscript has not been accepted by a publisher, but this is a huge step nonetheless.

You may recall in a previous post entitled It’s a small world, 27 February 2017.  I was reminded of a promise I had made to Cherron Inko-Tariah MBE, that I would convert my thesis into a book.  After six months of procrastination and distractions with my wedding and graduation.  I have finally finished my draft copy.

Small accomplishments lead to success.  I have taken the first step to achieving one of my goals for 2018.  This is an accomplishment, because now I have momentum to continue with my other goals.  This achievement is significant, it affirmed that setting goals was worthwhile.  And it was an indication that my goals are purposeful.

That said, it is very easy to get caught up on working towards achieving your next goal, without taking a moment to celebrate and savour your accomplishment.  I do that very often.  No sooner have I achieved one goal, I move on towards the next goal.  I am sure there are others like me, always striving towards something better, something new.  I would not claim that we are not satisfied (well some of us may not be).  For me, I get excited and energised to keep on going and forget to celebrate the moment.

Not this time.  Today, I celebrated sending my draft copy.  I went for a 4-mile run and baked a ginger cake to celebrate.  This may not sound like fun to you, but it was for me.  I also shared my accomplishment by telling others.  I phoned and told my husband first, then I told a couple of my friends and a few relatives.  In doing so, I recognised my accomplishment and so did those who I shared my news with.

Now, I am going to start writing an article for a journal.  This will be my third article since I completed my Doctorate.  One is due to be published in the Qualitative Research in Psychology journal, in the next few months.  I will be offering free copies/access to view e-copies of the article once it is published to 20 readers of my blog.  If you are interested in receiving a free copy get in touch via social media.

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