A few years ago, scientists Teresa Emebail and Stephen Kramer wrote a book detailing the strategy of small wins. They did the research. About 250 people, at the request of professors, kept a diary in which they recorded all their achievements and experiences.
After analyzing several thousand records, Teresa and Stephen discovered an interesting enough pattern. When a person moves forward even in small, minor steps, they become more creative and productive. In doing so, the relationship with the people around us improves.
Through a strategy of small wins, they become happier and more passionate. They are more likely to achieve goals. Able to cope with even the most difficult tasks.
How to learn to take small steps
The strategy of small victories at first glance looks simple enough. But at the same time it is very effective. It is possible to succeed. The meaning of this strategy is the need to divide the large-scale goal into small tasks, and those in turn into subtasks.
Performing daily certain actions according to the plan, you are leisurely going to your dream. Important condition: you need to notice your victories, fix them in memory or tick the box opposite them in the daily. It is necessary to be able to rejoice even minor achievements.
Got one small victory? Go to the next subtask. As a result, even the most large-scale “battle” for a dream can be divided into several tiny battles, in which it is much easier to win.
The strategy works because we start to notice our achievements, progress. We win without making much effort. This creates a sense of satisfaction from a job well done. We begin to solve the next task with enthusiasm.
Basic principles of strategy
- Set clear goals. Even the smallest tasks don’t have to be blurry and obscure. It’s important to know what to focus on. Only in this case will it be possible to track progress.
- Give up restrictions. You don’t have to set a framework. Show all your imagination and creativity to achieve the desired result. Someone is comfortable working in an office, someone from home. And there are people who go to cafes and work there. All of us are different. Therefore, it is not necessary to set up generally accepted boundaries.
- Find resources. Some tasks cannot be accomplished without complex hardware. Certain knowledge or skills may be needed to achieve certain goals. All this should be taken into account before getting to work. Information, equipment, advice, time, support, energy, people, etc.
- not rush. To complete the task qualitatively and without stress, a sufficient amount of time must be allocated. If you understand that you can handle things only if you refuse to sleep, it is better to increase the deadlines.
- Learn from mistakes. Failures are faced by absolutely every person. But someone’s mistakes break and someone keeps moving on. Learn to treat failures like important life lessons. Analyze them, look for reasons, correct inaccuracies in your plans, and move on.