An positive outcome that increases the likelihood of another positive outcome. They do not typically happen in a predictable or linear fashion but they are essential for progress nonetheless. A small win can be a promoter of momentum and / or a building block of a larger achievement.
” ‘Small wins do not combine in a neat linear, serial form, with each step being a demonstrable step closer to a determined ‘goal’, ‘ wrote Karl Weick, a prominent organizational psychologist. ‘More common is the circumstance where small wins are scattered…like miniature experiments that test implicit theories about resistance and opportunity and uncover both resources and barriers that were invisible before the situation was stirred up’ ” (113)
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg