The power of small wins

Yesterday – at work – was a day of small wins.  Nothing earth-shattering or game-changing, just some solid progress on a couple of priorities… and that was good.

While I love doing creative, strategic thinking and mapping out possibilities, that’s only sustainable if the spaces in-between are punctuated by small wins.  Making a difference isn’t just measured by grand strategies; sometimes doing the ordinary stuff well is enough.

A while back I read an article by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer, in which they talked about the progress principle:

“Of all the things that can boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during a workday, the single most important is making progress in meaningful work. And the more frequently people experience that sense of progress, the more likely they are to be creatively productive in the long run.”

So the next time you feel like your stuck in a rut, try to make progress on one small thing, then another, then see how you feel.  Small wins might help you make a breakthrough.

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