If you really want to achieve your biggest goals, you have to tart somewhere.
Some goals can be long-term, complex goals which may take months or even years to achieve. That can be overwhelming.
If you start to get overwhelmed by a task it can unfortunately mean that you get too scared to even begin with it. That won't get you anywhere!
What you have to do is begin somewhere.
Here are a few simple steps to help you get started on a big task which can at first seem overwhelming.
1. Set a clear aim
Unless you very clearly know what it is that you're trying to do, you'll keep putting off the task and messing around with little things that won't help you. You'll push your aim further and further into the future and then it will seem even more unreachable.
Get over that by setting a very clear overall aim for yourself.
2. Chunk down
Q: How do you eat an elephant?
A: One bite at a time
What that means is that if an overall goal seems massive, like an elephant, you need to break it down into smaller chunks. These smaller chunks can then be accomplished in quite a small period of time.
Those small successes which all go towards you achieving your overall aim should help to keep you motivated and confident that you can achieve your aims.
3. Assess your aims
Do you want it badly enough? Is it really your target or are you being forced into something? If it's not a personal target for you you'll just come up with excuses not to knuckle down to work and get things done.
4. Put your aims down on paper
That will make your aims seem more concrete to you. As you write them, you'll already think of ways to achieve your targets and you'll help to keep hesitation and doubt at arm's length, where they belong.
Keep your list because all those ideas will be useful if and more likely when, you need to adapt your plans.
5. Is your goal SMART?
Make sure you're clear about what you want to achieve. It will make it easier for you to make practical plans. If you don't know what you want, you can't work out how to get it so you won't be able to act confidently.
Define the goal in such a way that you can track your progress over time. Otherwise you will not know if you are moving closer or further away from your goal.
It's understandable for you to feel down if your plans don't work out or when they take longer than you expect to achieve. Split your targets into smaller chunks so you can achieve some success before you are tempted to give up.
Take each small target achieved as a reason to congratulate yourself. Enjoy your success and that will spur you on to achieve more. You'll understand why you're doing something more easily and there will seem to be more point to it if you take time to smell the roses now and again.
That will increase your energy and motivation to keep moving forward, especially when Plan A is foiled.
Make sure that you could actually carry out your plan. Is it within your capabilities? Have you thought about the potential problems and how you might deal with them?
Time frames are really important in reaching for your goals. They can be flexible, but you need to set yourself a provisional deadline to achieve your target. That will help to keep you focused and taking actions towards your goals.
6. Remind yourself of your targets every day.
Write down something you will do towards your goal today.
That's where to begin, even with a goal which seems overwhelming at first.
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