One wrong move, and it would be a disaster. She inched forward. She almost gave up and turned around. She started again.One wrong move, and it would be a disaster Slowly. One hand in front of the other. Realizing the potential failure, she turned around. Finally, attempting a new strategy, my 10-month-old daughter lowered herself over the two-inch step and into the living room, where I was watching with bated breath.

Oh, the applause she received.

As my daughter grows and reaches new milestones, I cannot help but watch my reactions to her with a kind of curiosity. Her ridiculously small successes and discoveries fill me with such pride and elation.

“Wow, you finished an entire bottle, while you only drank half yesterday!” “Could it be that you actually said something that somewhat resembled a word?” “You let me read you a book without taking breaks to chew on it!”

Those are just some examples from our very busy days.

A few weeks ago, as I was marveling over a small success (on my daughter’s part), I recognized what the curiosity was that I had been feeling. It made me think about an idea that I once heard from a mentor of mine. It is the concept of a GPA. A GPA is the average of all of someone’s grades put together. This includes all the A’s, B’s, C’s, D’s and even F’s. If a single grade is left out from this average, the final product is inaccurate.

The same idea can be used in relating to one’s life. It is terribly easy to have a distorted understanding of oneself. Some people are overly hard on themselves, while others are overly confident. A possible reason for this is a skewed GPA. If one doesn’t pay attention and take into account all of their successes and failures, all the A’s, B’s, C’s, D’s and F’s, they cannot paint a realistic portrait of themselves. Therefore, it is equally as important to stop and recognize one’s successes (even seemingly minuscule triumphs), as it is their failures. Obviously, this goes the other way around as well.

This was the curiosity that had stemmed from my reactions to my daughter’s accomplishments. I realized that I was reacting to them in a way that I should ideally be reacting to my own small accomplishments. Think about it this way: If G‑d takes everything that we do into account, applauding us for our small accomplishments, should not we as well?

Like it says1, “a good thought is joined by the Holy One, blessed be He, to a deed.”

A thought to do goodG‑d is watching our every move can have such an impact, even if the good deed was not able to be fulfilled in the end. G‑d is watching our every move and listening to our every thought. We should be doing the same.

I am one of those people who are overly hard on themselves. Through a lot of work and awareness, I have somewhat transformed that trait, but it definitely doesn’t come naturally. These days, I find myself talking to my inner me just like I talk to my daughter.

“Wow, you mopped the entire apartment even though you were tired, and look how good it made you feel!” “You made time to paint and use your creative talents this week. Way to go!” “You saved money by taking the train instead of Uber. That was so responsible!”

Small things. Really small things. See how good they make you feel.