The start of the New Year inspires many of us with the need for change. A new year brings with it the promise of new opportunities, and the desire to pursue them.
Goal benchmarking and thinking outside the box is great – but often when we make New Year’s resolutions we tend to get over-excited, and let our ambitions become unreachable. For many of us, our focus is on the big shiny red balls, like earning a lot more money or working for a specific organisation, but goals like these take time to achieve.
Big goals, alone, don’t work
At the time of setting these big goals, they can seem so extravagant – and so far from reality – that we never quite get around to making any forward movement with them. Lack of action and becoming discouraged ensures the death of big goals… but it doesn’t have to be that way.
There’s a saying that the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time, and it applies perfectly to goal setting and achievement.
You can absolutely set yourself a lofty objective, but you’ll only achieve it if you break it down into smaller, bite-sized goals that you can manage over time.
Big shiny goals, alone, don’t work.
Here are the three reasons why you need to break that big goal into smaller goals works:
You’ll know that your goal is achievable, with the right approach and planning. Write down three key things you’ll need to achieve to reach your big goal, then pen which actions you’ll need to take to achieve those three smaller goals.
What you’ll have written down is a loose game plan that will lead you to success. You can also adjust it along the way, to ensure you stay on track towards your big goal, if a smaller one doesn’t pan out.
With bite-sized goals, you’ll be able to celebrate your success along the way. Every small goal you achieve will take you one step closer to having achieved the big goal, which will help you maintain motivation and momentum.
Take the time to celebrate each success, and then move swiftly onto the next task.
Avoid analysis paralysis.
You’ll put far less pressure on yourself to do everything all at once. By focusing on one smaller goal at a time, but still keeping your end goal in mind, you’ll find it easier and less stressful to tackle each task.
When the pressure is off, you’re less likely to go into analysis paralysis (when you overthink the goal and end up getting nothing achieved), and more likely to think rationally, make good career decisions, and take action.
What’s your big goal for this year, and how are you going to break it down so that you can you achieve it?