Big goals start with baby steps; one at a time. It’s not necessary to overwhelm yourself thinking drastic times mean drastic measures. You don’t have to become a different person overnight. Start small when you plan big. Little shifts in habits or attitude can really turn things around and give you that breakthrough. If you don’t believe us, read on to see what big differences your little changes can make.
Take a look at your weaknesses and your strengths; rather than balancing your focus between both, just go for one. Set yourself a time period when you’ll only do more to enhance your strengths or tackle your weaknesses head-on.
Don’t stop at the first hurdle
If you are stuck on a problem and can’t work out what is causing it, ask ‘why?’ five times. You’ll be surprised by how fast you discover something that is quite fundamental and clear. This process may not give you the solution, but it will help you understand what the issue really is and help you tackle it better.
Set realistic goals
Sometimes we don’t even take the first step because our dreams, goals, and desires seem so overwhelming, so intimidating, and so unachievable that we give up before we even start. You have to set small goals – achievable benchmarks throughout the journey. Goals are there to motivate you, but the easiest way to lose that motivation is when you set goals that are unrealistic and unachievable.
Celebrate your accomplishments
Of course – we all have big goals that we work toward throughout our lifetimes. But it’s the little ones along the way that keep us going – that maintain our drive, motivate to keep us pushing onward and putting one foot in front of the other. Even if we lose sight of our big goals, the little ones keep us grounded, they keep us sane, they keep us hustling! So next time you accomplish a small goal, celebrate it, give yourself a pat on the back – for you’re headed towards the right direction!
We’re all in a hurry! but Rome wasn’t built in a day, was it?, it seems. Rushing through our days—through our lives—has become a norm. We want everything right now; happiness now, success now, health now, love now. Patience is hard to come by: we expect results now, and if we haven’t reached our goal yet, it must be because we’re not working hard enough or fast enough or we’re lazy and undisciplined. That’s not the case, all you need is a little bit of patience.
Learn to take baby steps
In our impatience for results, we try to change too much at once, and expect too much of ourselves, and this impatience usually leads to frustration and failure. This is why most people fail to keep their New Year’s Resolutions. The happiest and most successful people will tell you that they have achieved their level of life and work success by taking small steps, and making one positive choice after another.
HERE ARE A FEW IDEAS TO GET YOU STARTED:
HEALTH GOALS: When we are attempting to lose weight, be more fit, or achieve better health, it’s much more effective to set intermediate targets than to fixate on what might be a massive change.
1. Set a mini-goal of losing 5 pounds each month, rather than a goal of 60 pounds in a year.
2. Swap out one unhealthy snack for piece of fruit and replace one soda or cappuccino with a glass of water.
3. Start with adding 10 minutes of exercise to your routine and gradually increase it to 60 minutes.
CAREER GOALS: You sure want to do a lot, but picking up more than you can do can result in failure.
1. Take one course or certification at a time.
2. Improve one skill at a time.
BEING ORGANIZED: In an attempt to organize or de-clutter our entire home or office all at once, we usually get overwhelmed and don’t finish the project. Tackle one project, and then add in another change when the first one is well established.
1. Focus on one task at a time.
2. Take breaks in between; you don’t have to clean all the mess in one day.
3. Once you’ve cleaned up the major mess, make it a point to clean it on daily or weekly basis to stop it from piling up.
Should you set big goals? Should you write down a list of things you want to accomplish? Should you forecast your business for the years ahead? Absolutely. But if you’re constantly focused on the big picture, you won’t be thinking about how to get there. Of course the goal is the big picture, but without the minute details, will there even be a big picture?