The key to reaching your New Year’s goals begins with small steps.
Most of us make New Year’s Resolutions to ourselves each year. Some of the goals are lofty aspirations such as climbing a mountain, writing the great American novel, or losing a lot of weight. But did you know in order to reach huge goals, it is important to set smaller ones first.
Why is this so important and vital in reaching a larger goal? Small goals are easier to achieve. By setting these smaller goals, you build the blocks necessary to reach the higher one. For example, if you want to lose 50 pounds, you shouldn’t say, “I want to lose 50 pounds.” Instead, aim for losing ten pounds first. Or perhaps even five pounds. By doing this, you will be setting your goal to a reachable level.
If you set goals that are difficult or impossible to achieve, you are setting yourself up for failure. And many of us don’t succeed in our New Year’s Resolutions because of this. Instead, set yourself up to succeed each and every time by creating smaller goals that will set you in the right direction for success.
After all, there is not a successful person that didn’t start out with smaller goals. Beethoven didn’t compose a symphony the first time he tried. And Picasso didn’t create a great work of art the first time he put paint to paper. Big goals take time to achieve and it also takes time to improve your skill level.
By breaking a big goal into smaller goals, you can eventually achieve it. If you intend to write a book this year, start off by saying you are going to make the completion of each chapter a goal. If this seems too large, don’t worry. Start off instead by saying you will reach even smaller goals by completing each chapter one paragraph at a time. This can apply to exercise, too! If you are aiming to walking 10 miles in one day, don’t set this as your initial goal. Start off much smaller by saying you will complete one mile a day until you feel comfortable with this. Then, slowly increase your distance until you have achieved your ultimate goal.
By doing this, you’ll be on your way to achieving all of your New Year’s Resolutions for 2018!
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