A goal is a desired end. It’s a point or thing you want to reach in a specific time. If you’re planning a trip across the country, then your goal is the target destination. But you know a trip across country requires a great deal more than simply picking a place to arrive.
There are still a multitude of stops you’ll need to make along the way to your final destination, and these stops are the “smaller goals” that mark the important steps to your giant goal.
Slaying Your Giant Goal
Planning to slay your giant goal really is about planning the smaller goals that add up to your giant goal. This is a good thing because smaller goals are less intimidating than larger goals. It’s easier to envision, plan, and achieve a daily or weekly goal than it is a yearly goal.
Let’s say your goal is to read 20 books next year. What’s easier to think about is adding up the pages and looking only at the daily goal you have to achieve.
For example, if the 20 books were 250 pages each, that’s a total of 5,000 pages, and 5,000 pages divided by 365 days is only 14 pages per day! So, imagine that you start tomorrow. You only have to read 14 pages. Less intimidating, right?
Chopping the Giant Goal Into Little Pieces
If you completely remove the goal of 20 books from your mind, and you only think of tomorrow’s goal of 14 pages—and do that everyday—then by the end of the year, you’d of read 20 books!
Apply this same thing to your health. Let’s say you wanted to lose 75 lbs in one year. It’s too grand a vision for your mind to believe, so don’t envision it! Instead, focus only on the diet and exercise you’d have to do for tomorrow.
Keep It Simple and Believable
Money, work projects, and relationships work the same way. Instead of setting a goal for the “perfect marriage,” just select the three primary things you need to change in order to create a better marriage. It may be spending more time with your spouse, doing more things to help them, and being more romantic.
Spend one hour a day extra with them. Do one thing to help that you weren’t doing before. Do three things each day to show more intimacy. Sure, it seems a bit “robotic” and impersonal at first, but soon you’ll “feel” these things and you’ll start adding to them! Act first and the feelings will follow.
What’s one giant goal you’d like start on? Let me know in the comments below.