Small Victories

Most of us dream of the day where we have a huge victory.

Victories like …

– Telling the boss off once and for all

– Being debt free and having enough cash in the bank to ignore the economy

– Having the perfect family, friends, and loved ones

Sadly, for most of us, those victories never come.

But what if there was a better and simpler way to victory?

What if, Instead of focusing and striving on the home runs, we started focusing on the singles, and doubles that occur in our lives.

Just a minute ago I walked in the door from a trip to Barnes & Noble. I had it set in my mind that I was going to buy my 210th Moleskin notebook.

That notebook would have joined the countless other notebooks, pads of paper, napkins, and scratch notes that at one time consumed and wasted a large portion of my office.

But I didn’t buy it and here’s why.

I’ve spent the past few weeks slowly and methodically eliminating clutter and waste from my office. I actually took everything in my office and boxed it up and threw it all out in the garage – promising that I would only open a box and look for something that I needed to use right then.

After the first two days, I haven’t touched a single box.

So by not buying another worthless notebook – one that would never get used or put to good use – I celebrated another small victory, instead of striving for a home run.

Just because it isn’t a home run, doesn’t mean the victory is any less sweet or important to me or you.

Small victories can be …

– Putting an “I quit day” on your calendar

– Paying off a credit card, a vehicle or just putting a few dollars in savings.

It’s saying no to the little things daily that help grow small victories into huge ones over time.

Every journey begins with a single decision, step or action.

By the way, I took the $10 I would have wasted on the notebook and gave it to a homeless man selling newspapers in 40 degree weather at 8 o’clock at night.

Victory never felt so rewarding.

So now it’s your turn.

Take 3 minutes and think of something small that you can accomplish this week. Make a plan of attack and then make it happen.

Remember, small victories lead to huge changes over time.

Plan, Execute, & Celebrate YOUR small victory this week.


10 thoughts on “Small Victories

  1. Way to go Tim,

    Doesn’t that feel great?!

    I took thousands of dollars worth of sales & marketing books
    out of my office a few weeks ago and brought them to
    a used book store.

    I still have a long way to go, but de-cluttering is awesome.

  2. Hey Tim,

    I’m working real hard on getting myself off a lot of lists. I would say at least 25 and counting including the software ones:) Now I have the freedom to do something productive.

    Thanks for that!

  3. Hey Tim,

    This couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I am surrounded by papers, boxes, books, etc. in my office and find myself not being able to focus.

    I’ve made a commitment to clean it out before the new year begins and do what you did – pack it up and clean it out. I know by doing this I will be able to be more productive, focused and clear.

    Thanks so much for the reminder.


  4. This is a great exercise. I’ve had lots of clean-outs. Now the basement is full.
    My challenge is to stop filling up the spaces that I’ve cleared.

  5. LOL, Moleskines are my small victory gauge as well. Every time I go to my local Chapters (the Canadian equivalent of B&N) I walk through the notebook section, looking at the Moleskines.

    My collection would probably put yours to shame so if I leave without one, I consider it a victory.

  6. Hi Tim,

    Great post, really gets to the point that most people miss. Huge victories are won by one small battle at a time. Persistence over time will achieve much more than a large one time effort. It’s the small victories in life that are the most rewarding because they bring personal satisfaction. I always look forward to your emails, as they always have something useful to think about.


  7. I got a kindle book a few weeks ago on Decluttering and I have been clearing up ever since. I love it and maybe you guys read the same book!


    I love small victories…

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