Big goals are rarely easy to achieve, and that’s OK. We should expect that some things in life are hard to achieve – they’re often the things that we deeply care about and are most worth pursuing. They are also the goals that provide us with the largest opportunity for growth.
The key to achieving bigger goals is taking the time to break them down into smaller, more manageable chunks. You should consider each of the elements that might be required for success and then create little milestones to aim for. Having a plan or a structured framework to follow will allow you to better track and manage your progress along the way.
When you do reach a target, find a way to celebrate. Enjoy the fruits of your labour and use that success as motivation to take the next step. This technique is simple, repeatable, and enables ongoing sustainable success.
Goal achievement is not just about saying you want to do something and getting it done. It's about your choice to create change – knowing you have the power and capability to achieve, and then having the courage to continuously move forward, one step at a time.
It doesn’t have to be about tackling a fun run or even a marathon. It could just be about going for a walk every day for your own physical health, and getting your colleagues, partner or your kids out there too.
Break down the attributes of what's required to achieve your goal, set some milestones, and don’t forget to plan for those things that might derail you. The readier you are to succeed, the more likely you will.
If motivation, self-discipline or accountability are not your strong point, then take the time to write down why you really want to achieve your goal, and share that with someone close to you. Better still, ask them to be involved or team up with someone who has a similar goal. Reporting in to someone not only gives you a greater chance of success, but it also connects you with others, deepens your relationships and allows you to inspire.