I looked at him and said, “I could really use a win right now.” How would you describe a win, he asked. I went on to account for big, momentous moments that left an indelible impression.
Big success, fancy experiences, or moments when I felt like I could touch the sun. As I recounted these stories to JD, I realized I described events that took a long time to create, or even happen.
Sure, I defined a win but failed to account for how much time and effort that win required. There were hundreds of tiny wins leading to the big win, but I never documented them.
Much like grains of sand, I let them slip through my hands, forgetting what each represented: HOPE.
I once met with a business coach and he told me success leaves clues, so a few weeks ago I started to collect clues, or what I called small wins. Whatever happened–no matter how small–I’d add them to a list.
No, really, I placed a large piece of white paper behind my office door where I kept a running list of wins.
- Having the courage to request an email introduction.
- Potential collaborations.
- Arranging a meeting with somebody I deeply respect.
- A brainstorming session with a friend.
- Conversations about equity deals.
- Strategically building toward dream partnerships.
While these are not locked-in deals, contracts, or achievements, they’re the start of possibility.
I never want to forget the small moments that (slowly) become the big moments. Or maybe they DON’T, but simply looking at a mounting list of gratitude serves as proof that we’re doing the work.
The courageous work to build a new idea. The humble work of squashing a project. The hopeful work of growth, despite the odds stacked against us.
I hope the same for you. Nah, let’s do one better: Can you keep a list of small wins? It’ll create a path that leads to your future success.
Success leaves clues,