11 Reasons You Need to Celebrate the Small Wins on the Road to Your Dreams


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A few weeks ago I hit 100 followers on Instagram.

I celebrated.

This week someone took the time to leave a comment on my blog.

I celebrated.

Not in a ‘take myself out for a lobster dinner’ kind of way but more of a ‘dance around your bedroom and hope your neighbour isn’t watching’ type of celebration!

Most people wouldn’t celebrate any of these things.

That’s okay.

I’m not most people.

Some people might even laugh at me for celebrating those things.

That’s okay too.

The joke might be on them in the long run.

Because guess what?

All that dancing around my bedroom to ‘This is Me’ from The Greatest Showman got me thinking about the many reasons why we need to celebrate the small wins in life.

And today we’re going to rock it out to 11 of my favourites!

Ya ready?

Let’s do this!


1. It makes reaching that end goal all the sweeter

If we don’t stop to celebrate the small wins, guess what happens? We achieve our goal, climb up onto the winner’s podium, have that gold medal placed around our neck and then we think to ourselves ‘ok great, now what?’ In our mind, we’re already onto the next goal. But, if we celebrate the small wins as they come along, obtaining that end goal is all the more meaningful because we’ve been fully present with every step it took to get us there.


2. It shows us how far we’ve come

Each small win is a marker. When we celebrate that small win and we proudly put that marker in the sand, we turn and look behind us to see all the other markers that got us to this point. Those small wins serve as frequent reminders of how much we’re learning and growing.


3. We’re happier for it

Which would you rather be — the hare who sprints past the tortoise with eyes that can only see the prize that awaits it at the end? Or the tortoise, who takes the time to stop and smell the flowers as it plods slowly, but with great perseverance and determination, down the same long and winding path as the hare? Smelling the flowers makes us happy. Sprinting without taking anything in leaves us burnt out and miserable. Always be the tortoise. You might not get there as quickly as the hare but you’ll have a hell of a lot more fun along the way.


4. It builds momentum

The small wins add up. Success begets success. Stopping to take in each small win generates inside of us the three E’s:

  • Energy
  • Excitement
  • Enthusiasm

When we feel those things it creates an incredible momentum that drives us forward. Celebrating the fall of that first domino sets up a chain of events that keeps them falling all the way to the achievement of our goal.


5. It helps keep us motivated

When we stop to take in that small win our brains start producing Dopamine, the neurotransmitter that motivates us to keep going. Each success gives us the next bit of fuel we need to keep us walking purposefully in the direction of our dreams.


6. It builds our confidence

Each small win further instills in us the belief that we have what it takes to make our dreams come true. Every time we succeed at something we believe in ourselves just that little bit more. We start to realise that there is no mountain we can’t climb, no skill we can’t learn. The more we grow in confidence, the more unstoppable we become.


7. It encourages other people to do the same

We need to lead by example and put an end to this message from society that we always need to be hustling, grinding, and striving. The only place those three things lead, without stopping to smell the roses, is the doctor’s office. When we celebrate our small wins we permit others to do the same.


8. It gives us positive reinforcement

Some people don’t need any praise, validation or positive reinforcement. I am not one of those people. But, good news for any of you out there who are like me, celebrating the small wins as they roll in means we can stop relying on other people to cheer us on or pat us on the back and start doing those things for ourselves.


9. It’s good for our mental health

When we stop to celebrate a small win or reflect on previous wins, we activate the neurotransmitter Serotonin, sometimes known as the ‘happy chemical’ because it contributes so much to our happiness and mental and emotional wellbeing. What better excuse for a celebratory dance-a-thon than knowing it’s scientifically proven to be good for our health?!


10. It helps us learn

Pausing to take stock of what’s worked well for us can help us strategize about what might work well going forward. If something we did was successful, how might we replicate that? How can we use this success to inspire future success?


11. It helps us to develop a growth mindset

The most important piece of the success puzzle lies in having a growth mindset. That is, believing that we are capable of learning everything we need to learn to achieve our desired goal. While developing a growth mindset takes some cultivating, celebrating each small win gets us one step closer to saying goodbye to our limiting beliefs once and for all.


Dance Like No One’s Watching


Don’t let anyone tell you that the small wins don’t matter because they do.

They matter a lot.

The small wins give us hope that our big dreams might not be so crazy after all.

The small wins give us faith that we have what it takes to make those dreams come true.

The little things are always much more important, and much bigger than we realise.

They are the things that dreams are made of. So go on, put that music on and go nuts…you know you want to 😉



  1. August 26, 2019 / 4:21 pm

    I love this post! I agree that every little thing should be celebrated. What’s the point in doing things if you’re not going to recognize your own achievements?

    • Kathryn
      August 26, 2019 / 4:25 pm

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment Katrina, it means the world to me that you enjoyed the post. And you are so right – it’s pointless doing things if we’re not going to stop and take the time to recognise our own achievements!

  2. August 26, 2019 / 8:35 pm

    Thanks for this nice blog. I’ve experienced personally that being positive is essential. You can still be realistic about it, but there are very few days (probably none) that you’ve done nothing of value at all.

    • Kathryn
      September 1, 2019 / 8:48 pm

      Martin, thank you for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful comment and you are so right – every day we add value to the world in some small way and that is something to celebrate.

  3. August 26, 2019 / 9:56 pm

    Love this! Couldn’t agree more! As a new blogger myself, I celebrate every little accomplishment too…it feels good, and who couldn’t use a little more happiness in their life! 🙂

    • Kathryn
      August 27, 2019 / 6:15 am

      Wow, Viana thank you for the lovely comment! It’s wonderful to hear from fellow newbie bloggers and I couldn’t agree more – we all need more happiness in our lives and it’s so important to celebrate every little accomplishment along the way. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and thank you for taking the time to comment 🙂

  4. August 27, 2019 / 5:52 pm

    I love what you said about developing a growth mindset! So true. I completely agree that we should always celebrate the small and big victories!

    • Kathryn
      August 27, 2019 / 6:11 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and thank you so much for taking the time to comment, it means the world to me 🙂

  5. Mike Wells
    August 31, 2019 / 10:39 pm

    I must admit that with advancing years I had almost forgotten to stop and take a small bow now and again at some of my own achievements big or small. So thanks for reminding me to do that now and again going forward.

    • Kathryn
      September 1, 2019 / 8:40 pm

      We don’t celebrate our own achievements enough do we? I’m so glad you’re going to start doing that as you have much to be proud of.

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