Whereas I am terrible at celebrating small victories, my household appliances excel in this regard. Whenever it completes a cycle, my washing machine plays a tune. It’s compatriot, the dryer, does the same—even if, by my estimation, some of the clothes are still damp.
In professional coach training, we are taught to help our clients acknowledge accomplishments of all shapes and sizes. Even seemingly small successes are recognized. The key is proportionality, matching the degree of celebration with the action.
Given that I am notoriously bad at acknowledging my own incremental progress, perhaps there is a lesson for me to learn from the washer and dryer. Even one step forward is a move in the right direction and should be encouraged and appreciated for what it is.
No more, no less.