“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” Tony Robbins
Just about everyone knows how important it is to set goals. Without a clear goal in mind it can be all but impossible to achieve what we want in our work and our personal lives. Even though goals are so important, however, many of us never get around to setting them or achieving them.
Even when we do set goals, many of us fail to meet them. The reasons for these failures are many, but one of the most common pitfalls is setting goals that are two large or two ambitious. Setting large and sweeping goals may seem like a good idea, but this practice can actually be counterproductive. A large goal can seem unattainable and remote, and the result can be an unwillingness or inability to get started.
A better approach may be to break that large goal up into smaller and more easily attainable goals. By creating a series of smaller goals it can be much easier to reach that larger goal in the end.
Setting smaller goals can also be a great way to combat procrastination. Many people tend to procrastinate when the project before them seems too large, too complex or too difficult to attain. When we face a difficult situation and a seemingly unattainable goal many of us will freeze in fear. By creating smaller goals instead this tendency is averted. As we attain the first small goal we gain the confidence we need to move on to the next and so forth.
So the next time you find yourself confronted with a seemingly impossible goal, consider thinking small. Take a look at that goal and try to break it up into smaller and more manageable pieces. This think small approach can yield big benefits and help you to set, meet and exceed your personal and professional goals.If you enjoyed this post, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the RSS feed to have future articles delivered to your feed reader. Follow on Google+