LHI Tip of the Week – Celebrate “Small” Successes

“There’s always some progress to recognize in a day, even on the most challenging or discouraging days.”

– Theresa Amabile


Think back to the first week of the 10 Week Wellness Challenge; your motivation was likely high and you set goals that you planned to accomplish over the upcoming weeks. We are now halfway through the challenge and it’s time to reassess your goals. It’s so exciting to know where you started, how far you’ve come and the potential of where you’re going to be in the next five weeks. If you need help assessing your progress and setting new goals for the second half of the 10 Week Wellness Challenge, review this tip of the week.

Have you walked a mile without stopping, finished a hard day of training for a Live Healthy Iowa 5K or skipped fast food for a healthier dinner? All of those are victories! Give yourself credit where credit is due. Don’t focus on what you haven’t accomplished but rather how far you have come from the beginning!

One success usually leads to another that eventually snowballs into achieving your long-term goals. The ultimate goal is to live an overall healthy lifestyle.  By celebrating those “small” victories, you put yourself in the mindset that you can be successful and you will reach your long-term goals! Whatever it may be, within reason, you have earned the reward!

How are you going to celebrate the “small” successes? Here are some ideas for ways to reward yourself mid-way through the challenge:

  • Buy a new outfit
  • Meet a friend for coffee
  • Take your kids to a new playground
  • See a new movie
  • Take a weekend road trip
  • Buy new fitness gear you can use at home like a jump rope, resistance band or hand weights
  • Try making a new, healthy recipe

Remember you are your own worst critic. Know that you have worked hard and have earned a chance to treat yourself for your successes, no matter how big or small! You have come a long way since day one and no one said things would change overnight.

ImageMany of those small successes will eventually lead to a huge success! Without celebrating your progress, your goals may seem enormous, out of reach, scary even. Keep a list of your small successes and share your accomplishments with your teammates. Your teammates are there to support and celebrate with you, just as you do for them!


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The Iowa Sports Foundation mission is to provide sports, recreation, health and wellness opportunities for Iowans of all abilities.
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