Saturday, April 1, 2017

Stay Focused by Celebrating the Little Victories by Nicole Woodcox M.S.W.

In this fast-paced world of immediate gratification, we can forget to celebrate the little victories.  The little victories are what keep us motivated and focused during the journeys that can’t be completed quickly.  Every journey will have trials. So pausing to acknowledge the little victories helps us not get discouraged when things take longer than expected or when the results are not exactly as planned. 

An example of this is my recent child birth experience.  I was attempting to have a vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC), which can be a difficult and very emotional journey.  I knew I had many factors that would make this journey a bit harder than others, given that I am a plus size woman, who has a history of gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia.  Therefore, whenever I noticed my anxiety becoming heightened during this pregnancy, I had to remind myself of all the little victories that I was experiencing.  I celebrated everything from not having to take insulin for the gestational diabetes that returned to having the doctor tell me that he is comfortable with waiting for my body start labor naturally instead of immediately scheduling a repeat C-section.  This simple pause helped to remind me that I was not in a fight against my medical support team but was in collaboration with them.  This pause has helped me to celebrate the fact that my body was able to start labor naturally and dilate quite far instead of being discouraged that I did not get the VBAC that I wanted.  This pause helped to remind me that my goal wasn’t really just to have a VBAC, my goal was to feel listened to and truly supported by my medical support team. This pause is one tool in hopefully avoiding postpartum depression.  As the quote above states, "sometimes its the small things that make a big difference."

What journey are you on today?  Are you trying to start your own business? Are you searching for a new job? Are you starting a new career?  Are you seeking a promotion? Pause today and celebrate all of the progress that you have made.  If you have simply updated your resume or researched how to create a business plan, CELEBRATE!!

Learn more about Nicole via her website at www.thrivingwithbaby.com and follow her on Twitter @thrivingwitbaby

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