What is winning?

The Oxford dictionary defines winning as “gaining, resulting in, or relating to victory in a contest or competition.”

While I certainly do not disagree with that definition, I would like to expand upon it.

I don’t think winning can only be looked at through the prism of “victory in a contest or competition.”

In life, there are all kinds of ways to win.

Some people might define a win as securing a once-in-a-lifetime business deal.

Other people might define a win as beating cancer.

And still, some people might define a win as making someone smile.

I think far too often we get caught up in chasing the BIG wins in life.

You know what I’m talking about … the ones you share on social media because you know everyone will like it. Or, at least you hope they will.

These big wins are important, so keep chasing them.

BUT, don’t forget to recognize and give yourself credit for the “small” wins too.

They’re just as important, and sometimes even more important.

If you’re watching other people “win at life” and it’s got you feeling down, or beating yourself up, ask yourself this …

Have I made someone smile recently?

Have I been there to listen to someone who needed a shoulder to cry on?

Have I given someone a compliment?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, or questions similar to this, guess what, YOU ARE WINNING TOO.

I encourage you to keep winning day by day, but make sure you recognize all of your wins … the big and the small.

You deserve credit for them all.

I’ll see you on the battlefield.