We’ve all been there. You’ve set an ambitious target and then been disheartened when you didn’t achieve it. This is where celebrating your small wins comes in.

As a small business owner, you probably experience small wins regularly. However, with all the things you’re responsible for, they can be easy to miss. We’ve put together a list of things you can do to help monitor and celebrate your small wins (with minimal effort).

Write down your goals

Generally, people who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them. If you have employees, it might be a good idea to share your goals with them. Store them in a location where everybody can access them easily. Also keep them in the loop about any progress or changes, so that you can all work towards the same common goal. This will also help you congratulate your team on their successes working towards the goal, no matter how small it might seem.

Break it down into smaller steps

Goals that are too long can be daunting. Which can also have an impact on whether you achieve them or not. Goals that are too easy won’t provide you with the right motivation either, so it’s important to make sure that the goals you’re setting fall somewhere in between. To achieve your goals, you can break them down into the single steps you’ll need to take to get there. Each of these will be a small win worth celebrating.

Be accountable

People who send weekly updates achieve more. Showing progress and accountability can motivate people into achieving their goals. As a small business owner, you’ll probably be too busy to track every single small win in your business. If you break this down into teams your employees will likely hold each other accountable. They’ll be responsible for checking in with one another and encouraging other team members to push forward with the job in hand.

Make mistakes taboo

It’s human nature to dwell on setbacks and to make our wins seem smaller. However, the affect of a setback can be 3 times stronger than that of a win. Employees feeling discouraged beat themselves up and aren’t likely to be very productive. Cultivating a culture of learning and making mistakes seem less taboo can help your employees be happier and more productive in the process. This can also help you avoid making the same mistakes in future – meaning you’ll have more small wins to celebrate.

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