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The Little Successes Do Add Up

The Little Successes Do Add Up

    When you look at a set of building blocks, you might notice that each block on its own does not really amount to much.

    But when a whole bunch of building blocks are put together, suddenly they form something much more interesting and significant. This is the same with what happens to our own lives as well.

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    Too often, we all get a little down if we feel that we have not achieved any of our big goals we set for ourselves. We may see our lives filled with failures. But in reality, we probably have achieved much more than we thought. So to help you realize this more, I have an exercise that helps you put things into much better perspective.

    An Exercise to Bring Out Your Little Successes

    It involves taking a look at all areas of your life during the past year — or any other time period you want to consider. Look at everything from:

    • Your health
    • Your career
    • What is happening in your home life
    • What hobbies you participated in during this time period
    • Essentially…pretty much everything

    Now write down on a piece of paper all the successes that you had in all areas of your life — not just the financial ones or those connected to your career — which are often the first ones many people think about. Write down all little successes, no matter how insignificant they might seem at first. This is very important as you will see.

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    It might take some time to come up with a list of successes…especially the little ones that you might not even realize right away.

    Some Examples of Little Successes

    Just to give you some examples, here are some of the successes of various scales that I came up with for myself in the last couple of months.

    • Presented some talks to interesting audiences including a military base
    • Launched an instructional program on dog litter box training
    • Got the weights of both of my dogs down to acceptable healthy levels
    • Kept up my martial arts routines for fun and fitness
    • Minimized eating out for lunch and coffees
    • Got back all the guitar playing skills I previously had years ago
    • Had another great annual medical check up with my doctor
    • Developed new keynote for business sales audiences
    • Improved my short radius turns in snow skiing
    • Became a regular contributor to Lifehack
    • Finally got a new car to replace my dying 1997 Eagle Talon

    Acknowledge Little Successes

    What you will find after such an exercise is that you probably took a lot of your little achievements for granted. When you do acknowledge them, these little successes really do add up.

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    Take my little success of minimizing eating out. Each lunch or coffee on its own doesn’t amount to much but if you consider cutting down such expenses over six months or an entire year, the savings can be quite significant.

    This would be the same for people who want to lose weight. Losing one to three pounds per week might not seem a lot, but doing this consistently over time will result in a big and healthy weight loss success. The little drops in weight each week certainly add up.

    Conclusion

    We should never forget about our past successes no matter how small they initially seem. This exercise will hopefully shows that you perhaps did not do as bad as you think you did. Again, this really gives you a different perspective on things.

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    It also shows which areas you may have to work on for better balance of the different areas of your life.  You can then build upon these little successes for the goals (or New Year resolutions) you set for this year.

    Feel free to share below some of the little successes you had that you may have forgotten about.

    (Photo credit: Building Blocks via Shutterstock)

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    Last Updated on August 21, 2018

    30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

    30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

    Ah, camping. The great outdoors, the campfires, the food you’d never eat in civilised society: it’s a wonderful experience.

    That said, things can get a little bit tricky when we are left to the mercy of Mother Nature. Here are 30 fantastic camping hacks you can use to make your camping experience as wonderful as possible!

     1. Use sage to repel mosquitoes.

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      Place some sage in your campfire and the smell is sure to ward off any pesky mosquitos.

      2. Liquid soap + cotton balls = no ticks.

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        If you or one of your fellow campers is having trouble with a tick, place the soap-soaked cotton on the tick for 20 seconds. The tick will eventually stop chewing and will come away with the cotton ball. If the tick was attached for a lengthy amount of time you may want to consider keeping it in a container so that you can test it for Lyme disease later.

        3. Use an acorn cap as a whistle if you get lost.

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          It’s remarkably easy to get lost whilst camping. Here’s a full tutorial on how you can transform an acorn into a whistle!

          4. Corn chips for kindling!

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            Doritos are a great way to start a fire, just be careful!

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            5. Use the rest of the chips for nachos.

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              Nachos are easy to pack, light and simple to make. Plus they’re incredibly tasty.

              6. Use compact, microfibre towels!

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                These towels are incredibly easy to store and dry within an hour of use. Buy them here.

                7. Wrap duct-tape around your water bottle for emergencies.

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                  You never know when you might need some.

                  8. Make lamps out of jars and solar disks.

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                    Get all the info you need here.

                    9. Sangria!

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                      We know what’s really important. How to here!

                      10. One water bottle will hold eight eggs.

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                        By keeping all your eggs in a bottle you save time and hassle. Plus, no need to carry extra bowls or a whisk!

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                        11. Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil is a surprisingly good mosquito repellent.

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                          Keep the bugs and the bug repellent smell at bay.

                          12. DIY shower.

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                            All you need is a watering can and a large jug. Here’s the full instructions.

                            13. Keep sandpaper handy to light matches.

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                              Glueing some sandpaper to the lid of a tupperware box where you can also store matches is a foolproof plan.

                              14. Make s’moreos easily.

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                                15. MarshJell-o shots.

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                                  Learn how to make these delicious things here!

                                  16. Or dip those marshmallows in Bailey’s. 
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                                    Toast the marshmallow first and then dip it in Bailey’s.

                                    17. Turn a bottle into a spoon.

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                                      It’s that easy!

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                                      18. Grits repel ants.

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                                        Just sprinkle grits wherever you see ants.

                                        19. Deodorant can be used to combat itchiness.

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                                          20. Wrap your meat in cabbage to stop it from burning.

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                                            That’s not an innuendo, it really will! The moistness in the cabbage creates the perfect barrier.

                                            21. Foam noodles will stop any injuries.

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                                              For any fellow clumsy people, you know how possible it is to smack your head and cause serious injury. Placing a foam noodle on the awning strut narrows down at least one accident waiting to happen.

                                              22. Carry some essentials in a small tin with you at all times.

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                                                You never know what you’ll need and when.

                                                23. Take toothpaste dots instead of a whole tube.

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                                                  Let the drops dry out over 3 days, add a little baking soda and put them in a resealable bag.

                                                  24. Use a stick to secure your tent.

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                                                    By placing a stick in the main centre line you ensure the pressure is even throughout, which will stop the grommets being pulled out.

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                                                    25. Vacuum seal your food before you leave.

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                                                      26. Popcorn on the campfire.

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                                                        Popcorn that you can place on the stove at home can also be popped over a campfire. You can also make your own using this tutorial.

                                                        27. You can even make bacon and eggs over it.

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                                                          That’s right! Full instructions here.

                                                          28. Keep your toiletries handy.

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                                                            Buy this magnificent contraption here.

                                                            29. Compact, unbreakable cups!

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                                                              Get them while you can!

                                                              30. Tic-Tac boxes are great for storing ingredients.

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                                                                With these 30 camping tips and tricks, you can work DIY magic into nearly every aspect of camping, and make your next camping trip a comfortable, easy blast. Good luck!

                                                                Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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