AITC Weekly Connect – Celebrating the small wins

Celebrating the small wins

 “Don’t try to rush progress. Remember — a step forward, no matter how small, is a step in the right direction. Keep believing.” Kara Goucher, Olympic Athlete

In our daily hustle and bustle, trying to get things done, we can be so focused on the ‘to do list’ that our attention is fixated on what we haven’t achieved, rather than what we have achieved.

Our sense of purpose and achievement can be driven by getting things off the list as quickly as possible. For many young people and their parents, this reality is that this can seem like an endless list. There is always more items to be added, and we can quickly feel like we are having little to no impact.

At the Australian Industry Trade College (AITC), we know that our young people are progressing; gradually moving forward with persistence and consistency. This is demonstrated each time our young person shows up, works hard, shares their thoughts, asks questions or successfully creates a new productive habit.

The reality is that the more we see our young person’s daily interactions as part of the bigger journey, we will start recognising the small wins and celebrate them in a big way.

By celebrating incremental improvements, we gain momentum and create what we want to see in the future for our young person. Celebrating small wins can boost self-confidence and motivate one to achieve more or try again.

Our focus at the AITC is developing intrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is comes from within rather than focusing solely on the outcome or reward.

This type of motivation has more to do with the effort of the task than the outcome. Our employability metrics is a great example of this. When intrinsically motivated, young people engage in a task for the joy of doing so and because they can identify their own progress. Celebrating success also allows us to enhance the positive emotion around effort, further increasing intrinsic motivation.

Research supports that whatever we focus on, we get more of in the future. We will continue celebrating the small wins with our young people as we watch them become the very best versions of themselves, improving their interpersonal skills, communication, team work and employability.

Thank you for choosing to walk with us as we guide young people through their education for the world of work.