A Win is a Win: Boost Your Motivation by Celebrating Small Wins

Why Small Wins Are (Nearly) as Awesome as Big Ones

It's all too easy to get frustrated when you're entering sweepstakes every day but not scoring the prizes you've been dreaming of. And for would-be winners, that's dangerous, because frustration often leads to giving up. And as we all know, you can't win if you don't enter.

There are tactics you can use to stay motivated instead of giving up, and one of them is to use a very simple motto. The motto 'A Win Is a Win' is a reminder to be grateful for every prize we earn with our sweepstakes entries, even if the prize isn't that impressive.

Nobody starts entering sweepstakes with the goal of scoring a gift card for a free cup of coffee, a decorative pin, or some free movie tickets. Those kinds of prizes are easy to discount when you're hoping to win a new car or enough cash for a downpayment on a home.

So when you get a congratulations email and see that it's not a high-value prize, you might think "Oh, it's just another candy bar." or "This prize doesn't really count."

And that's when you tell yourself, no, a win is a win, and it's a reason to celebrate. Here are five reasons why you should celebrate even small wins.

Small Wins Show that You Really CAN Win

Photo of Grace M. with her prize, a pair of movie tickets from Campbell's Soup.
Grace M. won a pair of movie tickets from Campbell's Soup. Image © Grace M.

It's really hard to motivate yourself to enter sweepstakes when you're not winning anything. And if you don't count small prizes as "real" wins, it's going to be that much harder to avoid getting frustrated.

If you enter only sweepstakes with huge prizes, it can take much longer to win, giving you ample time to become discouraged.

By entering for, and being excited about small prizes, it's much easier to stay motivated to win.

Small wins show you that yes, you CAN be successful entering sweepstakes, and a big prize could be just around the corner.

Small Wins Can Be Useful

Smiling young woman smelling a bunch of flowers
Fresh Flowers, an Example of a Small Prize that's Lovely to Win. Moof / Getty Images

We could all use a big sweepstakes prize like a home makeover or a dream vacation, it's true, but small wins can also be incredibly handy, especially when you're trying to save money.

A pair of movie tickets isn't going to change your life, but they can give you a fun evening out, guilt-free.

A DVD set that you win could turn you on to a new favorite show. A grocery store gift card could give you the opportunity to try something new and delicious.

There are tons of small prizes that can help you save money, which you can then use to pay off credit cards or buy something you really need.

Small Wins Make Great Presents

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Gift Cards and Other Small Prizes Make Great Gifts. Hero Images / Getty Images

Not only can small prizes be useful for ourselves, but they can also make great gifts. iPods, autographed books, perfumes and jewelry, and game consoles are just a few of the smaller prizes that make fantastic presents, or you can gather up even smaller prizes to make thoughtful gift baskets.

I'm not saying that your friends and family wouldn't love to win a new car -- but a PlayStation 4 makes a pretty great present, too.

Small Wins are Exciting

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Finding an Unexpected Prize in Your Mailbox Is So Much Fun. Victoria Snowber / Getty Images

I really love surprizes: sweepstakes prizes that show up on my doorstep without notice. It's something nice and exciting that can happen all year long

But large prizes won't show up without notice since sponsors are required to get affidavits for prizes worth more than $600.

Similarly, it's fantastic to see a "Congratulations!" message pop up while entering instant win sweepstakes. Many of those prizes aren't huge, but they sure get the heart pounding!

Small Wins Prepare You for Big Wins

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Small Wins Give You Experience in How to Respond. Morsa Images / Getty Images

Wouldn't it be awful to win a big prize, and not receive it because you didn't know what a win notification looks like, or where to find a notary for your affidavit?

Small prizes help prepare you for big wins by teaching you what to expect when you win a prize. They keep you combing your email for winning notices and help you to know what to do when the word comes in that you've won.

So don't feel bad if the prizes you've received so far are small. Love your small prizes, because a win is a win -- and so long as you are winning, a big prize is sure to follow eventually!

So Let Every Prize Delight You

A win is a win, and it's an accomplishment to receive any prizes at all. Let yourself enjoy them, and be grateful for every prize that arrives. You'll have more fun with sweepstakes, and increase your odds of winning more often.