Small Wins — Finding Joy in Life’s Simple Victories

SeniSpeaks
5 min readJun 20, 2023
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A few years ago, when I watched the NBA, I couldn’t understand why a player that dunks the basketball midgame celebrated with so much passion or why NFL players excessively celebrated “random” catches — Many of those catches weren’t touchdowns, and they weren’t game-winning catches. The same can be said across many sports and life itself — why does a football player celebrate a goal passionately when their team is down 2–0?

My brain was wired to celebrate only when a task, game, or process is completed and only if that task, game, process, etc., ended in success.

My current hypothesis is, that way of thinking is a sure way to end up unhappy. It does not appreciate the process and is very biased toward the result (only results that end positively). In many ways, I understand it. We are all anxious for good news and can’t wait to celebrate the win; and becuase of that we can become very fixated on that and pass through the process absent-mindedly.

In our pursuit of winning and success, it is often easy to overlook the significance of the small wins that occur in our daily lives. We often associate achievement and fulfilment with grand milestones, but it’s the accumulation of small victories that can truly make a meaningful impact.

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