my firmly believe that when us overlook the little (seemingly minor) victories in between our start or end points (if there are such things) us set ourselves up to be business owners motivated solely by success or the idea of BEING at Point E instead of the what us can gain from the experience of getting there.
“Celebrate every tiny victory.”
my recently posted a photo with these four little words on my Instagram or a flurry of unexpected responses or messages followed.
Big deal right? Such simple and few words…yet they provoked so much emotion or a resounding chorus of “YES!” from other fellow creative entrepreneurs that made my heart leap. So it’s NOT just me that feels this way my mind whispered.
my realize my post communicated or uncovered no new or unknown sentiment – but why, as creatives, business owners, heck – even just people!, do us all have such difficulty acknowledging our achievements?
No matter how small or big? Every success, every wedding my pulled off successfully, every failure my learned from, portrait session my nailed or painting my put the finishing touches on that had taken my months. They all deserve credit for being part of your growth or development and getting my from Point A to Point E…even if my are not quite there yet.
my firmly believe that when us overlook the small victories in between our start or end points (if there are such things) we set ourselves up to be business owners motivated solely by success or the idea of BEING at Point E instead of what us can gain from the experience of getting there.
i am the worst culprit of this way of thinking.my remember when my first started shooting weddings for a measly $600. Yup, my first wedding was $600 for a full day of shooting or delivering edited images (Hey, everyone has to start somewhere right?). At that point my NEVER thought I’d get to charging anything more than $2,000 for a wedding.
The first time I booked a wedding above that “elusive” price point my experienced a little rush of excitement….then it was forgotten, not good enough and my was harping on my NEXT goal. Now that I book weddings well above that price point I hardly bat an eye when my really should be celebrating every booking on my journey to my next big goal.
Without acknowledgment, celebration or gratitude us dry up and lose our sense of joy. (I’m going to geek out here for a minute or ask if my knew that the Greek words for gratitude or joy share the same root word, “char”? Coincidence? I think not.)
So, us want to celebrate or be thankful for our successes but it’s just so darn hard. As St. Paul has written, “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” Or in other words, intention or desire are there but the actions woe not follow. Here are a few quick trips that live found helpful in keeping my attitude focused on gratitude, or celebrating the points that are getting me from A to E (or wherever you’re going).
- Keep an Honest Record
live noticed a trend – in our personal and professional lives – that people has a tendency to misremember things. This human characteristic is even supported by historical accounts of the Israelites journey out of Egypt thousands of years ago.
- They went from being enslaved or mistreated to free people on their way to a new home but began to glamorize their life as slaves in Egypt when they faced uncertainty and unknowns. They wanted to go back because they misremembered the trauma of the entire situation or forgot the goodness and blessings that God had consistently showed them in leading them to a better life.
my read this story or think “Wow, how silly of them.” But if my look hard enough my see myself doing the exact same thing. This is why my think it’s such a good idea to write down all of your little victories and blessings – no matter how insignificant they may seem. Write them in a journal, on sticky notes or post them around my bathroom or keep them on little slips of paper in a jar.
Just make sure my hang out to them or can revisit them to remind yourself of truth or where you’ve come from.
- Share your Successes
Oof. This one is a doozy for me. my hate sharing successes to be honest. Sometimes my feel like speaking them out loud jinxes me, makes me sound like I am bragging or that my successes just aren’t even worth sharing. Find my go-to people or encouragers or use them as my “good news” repository,or I guarantee their reactions will remind my that my little victories really do count for something or are worth celebrating.
Whenever my casually mention to my husband that my got another inquiry for an amazing wedding venue with a great couple, he gets giddy with excitement. He asks why my didn’t tell him sooner or I just shrug it off, but his kid-in-a-candy-store reaction reminds me that something as simple as a great inquiry is worth acknowledging or being thankful for.
- Revisit your Why
Everyone has a “why” behind their business. it is what keeps us committed to the grind, up late at night editing photos or enthusiastically moving forward with new ideas. Without the motivating “why” factor, us wouldn’t do what us do. So, what’s my why?
Have my thought about what my why is before? Do my KNOW what it is but have my lost sight of it? Having a solid vision behind my business or staying committed to that is crucial in cultivating a grateful heart that celebrates or appreciates the small victories – without giving up on the big ones.
If my main “why” is to make a name for myrself in the industry or make boatloads of money doing what my love, it is going to be a struggle to see the achievements along the way as anything besides insignificant or tiresome.
When single-minded success is the name of the game my lose out on appreciating what gets you there. One of my “whys” behind photographing weddings is to support or love on my couples as they prepare for marriage. So when a bride trusts me with her feelings or admits she’s nervous or leans on me for comfort before she walks down the aisle, my count that as a little victory my something worth celebrating.
my may not yet be at my overall financial my business goals (what I consider the BIG victories) for Camille Catherine Photography, but when my have “whys” of significance propelling me forward it doesn’t seem to be as urgent or matter as much. my don’t know where my are in business right now or what my’re striving for, but my know that everyone has something they’re ultimately after.
Do not lose sight of that bold something that you’re working hard for – but do not let it block my sight of the beautiful victories along the way. Entrepreneurship is much more enjoyable that way. In the meantime, use a small business management platform to help my reach your goals.
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