When it comes to succeeding in life, we often put too much emphasis on the outcome and not enough on the journey. What if you could stop putting pressure on yourself to create magical results and enjoy the process?
This could be your answer. The way of thinking that seems like a no-brainer for successful people has been researched and tested thoroughly. This method is available to everyone for the first time ever!
Micro goals create checkpoints in your day—giving you something to aim for, meaning you’re more likely to reach your ultimate goal—a little bit at a time. Read how micro plans work and why they might be the secret of success for future entrepreneurs.
Recognize your main goal
The first step to achieving your goals is to set them. You may skip this step and dive right into goal setting. Still, identifying and writing down your goals makes them more accurate and achievable.
As you grow, you need to set new goals more significant than what you’ve accomplished in the past. The key is to create a series of SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) goals that help you reach your main goal.
The problem with most people’s approach to goal-setting is that you need to make your goals bigger or more specific. You need to break them down into manageable chunks that are easy to achieve. By making your goals small enough and clear enough, it becomes much easier to achieve them—and once you see yourself achieving one goal after another, it becomes easier for you to keep going forward until you reach your ultimate objective: success.
So what are some examples of micro-goals?
- Instead of saying, “I want to make $1 million in one year,” say, “I want to make $100,000 in six months.” It’s easier to picture and maintain momentum when going for something small instead of something big.
- Instead of saying, “I want to get promoted,” say, “I want to be a better leader this week by ____.” You’ll be more likely to follow through with this small step than if you were talking about the promotion itself.
- Instead of saying, “I want my business to be successful,” say, “I’m going to write five blog posts this month.” Writing blog posts is more manageable than running a business at once.
The power of micro goals comes from their ability to keep you motivated and focused when things get tough. They also help you build momentum towards bigger goals by breaking them down into smaller steps that are easier to accomplish daily than one big project might be.
Establish every step that will get you there
A deadline is an essential part of the process because it helps keep you focused on accomplishing your goal. It also gives you a sense of urgency about taking action and keeps you from procrastinating until the last minute.
Write down all the steps to reach your goal. For example, if your goal is to lose 10 pounds in one month, the first step would be to go on a diet and exercise plan. The second step would be to find a workout routine that works for you, such as running or cycling. The third step might be finding healthy recipes that are relatively inexpensive. And so on.
Once you’ve got each step down on paper, it’s easier to figure out how much time it will take to achieve your goal and whether or not you have enough time left over in your schedule to do everything else!
For example, if your micro goal is to lose 10 pounds by July 1, then you should be thinking about how to reach that goal every day between now and then. This can help you remain accountable to yourself and stay committed to reaching your goal.
Turn those steps into micro-goals.
Once you have identified each step, it’s time to create micro goals. These short-term, measurable, specific, and attainable goals will help you achieve your overall plan. For example, if you want to lose 20 pounds, your micro goal might be to walk for 30 minutes three times a week.
Once you have created a list of potential micro goals and determined which ones are realistic and achievable, consider how often each should be accomplished. If it helps, write each on an index card or sticky note so you can easily refer to them throughout the day when necessary.
The best way to create micro goals is to ensure that each builds on the previous one. This will ensure that you are progressing toward your overall plan and taking only a few steps forward.
Set a timeline for each micro goal
Once you have established your micro-goals, you can set a timeline for each. Even if some goals are easily achieved, adhering to a timetable is essential for avoiding procrastination and overwhelm. Having a specific deadline helps you stay focused and motivated to keep going.
Suppose you’re working on multiple goals simultaneously. In that case, you must be realistic about how much time you can devote to each of them. For example, suppose one goal requires more research than the other. In that case, you should focus on that one first before moving on to another plan that requires less time overall but requires more active engagement from you every day.
One way to ensure that you’re sticking with your timelines is to schedule them into your calendar on your phone or computer so that they become part of your daily routine. Use a planner or bullet journal to keep track of your progress toward each goal and ensure that nothing falls through the cracks!
Factor in breathing space
There is no doubt that setting goals are a crucial part of achieving success. But, if you constantly push yourself to keep going at 100% all of the time, your stress levels will likely increase.
As a result, your productivity and your relationships with others could suffer. It’s essential to make time for breathing space between each micro goal. A common mistake when setting micro-goals is trying to pack as many steps into every moment. However, this can be counterproductive as it leaves no room for error or mistakes (which are inevitable). It also pressures you to perform perfectly every time, leading to feelings of inadequacy or failure if things don’t go according to plan.
By giving yourself some time off after completing each step on your journey towards achieving your milestones, you give yourself the opportunity to reflect on what went well and what didn’t – this will help you improve your approach next time round!
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Micro goals are the key to success. They can help you eat healthier, exercise more, read more often, or tackle that novel again. Use them wisely; they will keep you on track toward your goal of being an accomplished person. Contact us for more success!