“If you lose sight of the smaller accomplishments, you end up with an imbalance in your life.” -Alexander McCall Smith

Isn’t it ironic that so many of us are out searching for success, however it still remains so hard to find? We all have goals that we are working toward and things we strive to accomplish. Having a deep focus our goals can certainly help us to get where we want to go, but sometimes it can hinder us from seeing things that are not completely within our focus. We accomplish so many great things throughout our lives, but unless we intentionally set out to accomplish these things, we don’t even notice the great strides we have made. The reason for this may be because we measure ourselves based on the expectations of others and of society rather than based on our own goals. A single step for one person may be a mountain for someone else.

What we need to do is remember that no accomplishment is small and every accomplishment should be worth celebrating. Now I am not saying to go out to a fancy, expensive five course dinner every time you accomplish something. What I am saying is that when you succeed with a personal accomplishment, recognize it and praise yourself for it. This self-celebration may be the little boost you need to move on to the next item to tackle. Finding success is really not hard to find as it is all around us, each day of our lives. The problem that we run into (and I run into myself) is that we are so focused on what’s next, we cannot see the present. We are intently focused on the “big things” and don’t notice the small, even if those small things are the stepping stones we need.

You’re Journey Is Your Own – Don’t Compare

When it comes to finance, there are many times that we may feel we fall short. We hear these great stories and read some great blog posts from people who have paid off tens of thousands of dollars in a short time. We hear the personal stories of these individuals and learn how they hustled to make extra money to make the big payoff possible. These are great success stories and can be very motivational, I love to read these myself. Then we look at our own situation and wonder why we can’t have this success as well. Suddenly the strides we have made in our own journey look like nothing at all.

The fallacy with this is that we lose sight of what we have accomplished, which can lead to a loss of momentum. Did you pay off $500 of debt this month? Maybe $300? Maybe $50? No matter the amount, don’t compare. Stop right now and give yourself a pat on the back. Throw your hands up in the air and say “YES!”. Feels good, doesn’t it? It’s not about the amount you pay off, it’s about moving in the right direction. It’s about making progress toward a goal. Mark the payment on the calendar so that you can look at it later and be proud. Is your goal to reduce debt? Congratulations, you have been successful.

Next, use this great feeling as momentum to continue following your plan. Perhaps you can use this as motivation to pay more next month. If you can’t pay more, don’t worry. Don’t lose your momentum. Take a moment for self-celebration for what you HAVE accomplished. These accomplishments are going to snowball and once you do have that debt paid off, you will be on top of the world. If your goal is to pay off debt, guess what? You’re on you’re way. You are successful.


What are your accomplishments? What has it taken to achieve them? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

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2 thoughts on “There Are No “Small” Accomplishments”

  1. I’ve run well over twenty thousand miles so far in this life but every time I finish the morning 5 or eight mile run with my fleet wife, who is both slightly older and faster than me, I slap the same light pole in the parking lot we start from. Because that marks me finishing something I started that matters. Nobody else in our running group marks the finish each time, but I do because every successful finish is a win, a small discrete victory that took determination and persistance to achieve!

    1. I love this idea! Something that may seem so simple can mean so much. It can also provide motivation to finish, no matter how tired. I may need to create my own “light pole” for my finances. Each time a payment is made, so is a “slap”. Thanks for reading!

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