As I’ve been writing, I’ve shared I’m not going through an easy time as of late. Somedays, I’m holding myself together by focusing on what I can do now. This weekend, I had a big shift. Just like any personal growth shift, I don’t know how long the joy rush will last or where it will lead. But, what I do know is that I made progress. Right now, I’m celebrating that incremental progress.
On a recent “Seeds of Wisdom” I did with Mary Beth O’Connor (see episode), we talked about accepting incremental progress and even celebrating it. She was my reminder today to celebrate my shift in energy. I don’t know if you saw the #6 Do It Now Challenge, but it was to dance to your favorite song. I took it a step further and put on my “Happy” playlist and just kept dancing, consciously making my right now last a lot longer. I owe this all to my incremental progress since I began writing this series.
Here’s what I love about focusing my energy on doing things like this blog: just by taking small steps every day, I’m noticing more and more good to celebrate around and within me. I’m paying attention to my feelings as they come up and not trying to shove them down. I’m using my creativity to come up with little things to do daily. I’m paying more attention to signs, like when my friend reached out to me to go out and have some fun. My sixteen year old actually wanted to come with me, and because I’m always early, we stopped by Barnes and Noble to see that they still had a copy of my book on their shelf. I felt joy when my daughter wanted to go, I saw my book, and while having a good time with my friends. That joy burst gave me momentum.
Yesterday, I cleaned out my closet and got rid of a bunch of stuff that was weighing me down. Today, I had a much better attitude to start my week. My day didn’t get consumed by the weight of my responsibilities. All of this is definitely more incremental progress to celebrate.
If a person is in a deep depression, feeling joy for 1-minute is incremental progress to celebrate. There is no progress too small.
With Love and Gratitude,
Rachael Wolff, author of Letters from a Better Me and host of the From A Loving Place with Author Rachael Wolff podcast