I have many things that I have going for me in life. I completed college with a degree in engineering. I have a job that gives me the means to do most things I want. I've completed a marathon. I have a fantastic network of friends and family willing to lend me support. I have awards from speech contests, sports trophies, and certifications for various skills lining drawers and shelves. Where am I going with this? Well today, I fucked up and left my keys in the ignition of my car and then proceeded to close the locked door. Nothing like realizing the only copy of the keys are not in your pocket and watching in horror as the car door closes in slow motion as I yell, "NOOOOOooooo!!" in my mind. So do I call a locksmith, smash a window, pick a lock, or do nothing? None of them are real options I liked so I went to work looking for tools.
The upshot is that I work at a construction company and I got all kinds of shit lying around that I can use at my disposal. So a flat bar, a towel, a wedge, a length of wire and about a half hour of swearing pass, and I have successfully opened my door! Huzzah!! Freking gold star!
That made me think, though. Opening that door was such a simple thing. In fact, it's just fixing a fuck up, but that doesn't stop me from feeling like I just diffused a nuclear bomb with duct tape and a paperclip. I find that I get the same sense of accomplishment from narrowly catching something that I dropped. Or instinctively catching a random object that was thrown at me. Again small things, but nothing makes me pump my fist in accomplishment when I do them.
The entire point of this whole exercise is that I find the reason I fist pump to the small stuff is that the strength in the celebration of the immediate win is very, very real. And I should celebrate it because a win is a win. What would be beneficial, would be to look back and feel great about all the other wins as well. Did I miss stepping in some shit on the ground? Awesome dodge! I also have a bachelor's degree. That was great! Did you have the exact amount of change in your pocket at the register? Hell yes! Are you enjoying a greater sense of self-esteem from the personal development work you've done? Fuck yeah you do! And so on, and so on.
Take the time to celebrate your wins ... all of them.
On the episode front, I have been taking a hiatus in the last couple of weeks while I took the time to get my shit together. That was taking too long, so I'm releasing it all anyway. Looking for about 8 guests coming up this month and much more thereafter. Stay tuned for updates as well as I'm getting into the swing of updating the blog regularly.
Be amazing out there people, you deserve a high five as well for being so awesome.