Achieving success is like climbing a mountain. It may seem impossible when you’re starting from the bottom, but by setting small goals and maintaining a positive mindset, it’s possible for you to reach the top.
The key to conquering any goal is to break it down into smaller, more manageable tasks. It’s like building a Millennium Falcon Lego set. You wouldn’t try to tackle trying to put the whole thing together at one time, would you?
No, you’d start with one piece and work your way up until you’ve built a Star Wars masterpiece. One that would impress any fellow Star Wars fan.
This is exactly how we should approach our dreams. By setting achievable milestones and celebrating each victory, we’re paving the way for success.
So, join me and grab your goal-setting toolbox. We’re going to start building the foundation for your dreams, one Lego brick at a time!
Start With Outcome-Based Thinking
Outcome-based thinking focuses your mind on the big picture. By starting with the end in mind, you’ll discover exactly what you want to achieve.
The first thing you need to do is define what you want! This means asking some thought-provoking questions like:
What’s the ultimate result I’m looking for?
How will I know if I nailed it?
What specific milestones do I need to hit, and what goals do I need to accomplish?
And last but not least, what benefits are I’m hoping to achieve?
By using questions, you’ll create a roadmap to follow and a clear vision to aim towards. Having a solid definition of the outcome you want will act as your trusty guide. This guide will help you make smarter decisions on how to allocate your time and resources.
Next, you’ll want to develop a growth mindset.
Develop a Growth Mindset
If you want to excel in life, you’ve got to develop a growth mindset. A growth mindset is one that takes in the feedback you receive from your efforts and uses it to make yourself perform better.
This means you can’t expect to achieve greatness overnight. As Jeff Bezos tells us, “All overnight success takes about 10 years.”
No matter who you are, it’s going to take hard work and dedication to reach your goals. You need to have the right attitude and approach to make sure you stay on track as you climb that ladder to success.
That’s why a growth mindset is a must.
Next, Start Setting Small Goals
Now that you’ve defined what success means to you it’s time to get down to brass tacks and make it happen. The key is taking it one step at a time.
As you know, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither will your success.
But by completing small tasks from your master plan, you’ll get there eventually.
Let’s say you’re dreaming of starting your own business. You’re currently stuck in a soul-sucking job and have about as much cash flow as a garden gnome.
It’s easy to assume that success is out of reach. This can make you want to resign yourself to a life of mediocrity.
But what if you blocked out just 20 minutes each day to chip away at your goal?
While it may not sound like much, over time those 20 minutes will add up.
Here’s what you could do in those 20 minutes:
Research startup costs.
Take courses to become an industry expert.
Contact potential investors.
Find talented freelancers to help you out.
Come up with a killer marketing strategy.
Create a 5-year plan.
Wow all that in 20 minutes a day! You just took the first steps towards becoming a business mogul.
Now that you have started setting small goals you need to make them into usable ones. That’s the next step.
Create SMART Goals
Next break your goals into SMART objectives. You want your objectives to be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound (aka SMART) to ensure they pack a punch.
With this framework, you’ll be able to set objectives that are crystal clear, achievable, and have a solid deadline. Plus, tracking your progress will be a piece of cake.
Let’s quickly break down the SMART acronym.
S is for Specific – meaning you got to define exactly what you want to achieve.
M stands for Measurable – you need a way to track your progress, so you can know when you’re achieving those goals or if you need to reassess.
A is for Attainable – you have to keep it real. Setting impossible objectives just leads to disappointment.
R stands for Relevant – make sure your objectives align with your greater purpose and actually matter to you.
And last but not least, T is for Time-bound – set a deadline because let’s be honest, deadlines are what truly motivate all of us.
Here’s a pro-tip.
It all starts with setting small goals and using the SMART process.
Then, once you achieve them, celebrate the small wins.
Those little victories are like fuel for your success engine, and they help build the momentum you need to keep moving forward to your ultimate destination.
Keep your eye on the prize but take those baby steps.
That’s how you crush your dreams.
Setting Small Goals Helps Minimize the Impact of Failure
Sir James Dyson wasn’t one to vacuum up failure, but rather, he embraced it. After 5,126 rejected prototypes and 15 years of emptying his savings account, he finally hit the jackpot with his 5,127th try.
He invented a revolutionary bagless vacuum.
The rest is history.
The Dyson brand sucked up the competition and became the top-selling vacuum in the United States. Today, Sir James is living his best life with a Forbes-worthy net worth of $4.9 billion.
All this to say you’re going to fail on your path to success.
That’s okay, like Sir James shows us, failure is a major part of succeeding.
What’s important is you acknowledge when you fail and learn from it. Don’t just see it as a negative, but rather, take those setbacks and use them to positively propel yourself toward your dreams.
Instead of beating yourself up when nothing goes according to plan, take a timeout, and reflect on what went wrong. Then, figure out how to tackle similar types of situations in the future.
Setting small goals can help you make these course corrections when you need to. That’s how Sir James did it, and it will work for you too.
Celebrate Incremental Progress
It’s vital that you celebrate your tiny victories.
In a world where instant gratification is the norm, it’s easy to get disheartened when we don’t see results right away. But by giving yourself a pat on the back for each baby step you take, you’ll maintain a high level of motivation and drive.
Be on the lookout for those tiny moments of triumph. When they come, as they always will, take time to encourage yourself.
For example, let’s say you’re learning a new language or skill. Set yourself weekly objectives. When you hit a milestone, treat yourself to a fun movie or a tasty smoothie.
If you’ve got bigger plans, like starting a business or earning a college degree, this is where setting small goals really comes in. Small tasks help to break those larger outcomes into manageable tasks.
As you achieve them, celebrate. It will give you the momentum you need to keep driving forward.
Taking note of your achievements, no matter how small, builds your self- motivation and self-confidence. It keeps you stay focused on the prize, even when times get tough.
So, celebrate those minor victories. It’ll get your mojo going and keep you on the path of making your dreams come true.
Setting Small Goals is the Secret to Success
Well, it looks like we’ve uncovered the secret to success. Who knew that setting small goals could lead to such big achievements?
But seriously, it’s important to remember that success is subjective and unique to everyone. Take the time to really define what it means to you and use that to create outcomes that motivate you.
Once you have that long-term outcome in mind, start breaking it down into small, achievable steps. As you do, turn those steps into SMART goals to help you maximize your efforts.
And don’t forget to celebrate the little wins along the way. They’ll help keep you motivated and moving forward.
So go ahead, dream big and aim high. There’s nothing stopping you from achieving greatness, except maybe yourself.
But with a growth mindset, outcome-based thinking, and setting small, SMART goals anything is possible.
All you have to do is add a can-do attitude and a little bit of elbow grease.
Here’s to your success, my friends!