As I've already discussed, it's important that your goals and “resolutions” be somewhat challenging, but not too overwhelming. Something that's easy to accomplish may not seem worth doing and probably won't make much of an impact on your life. But, if it seems impossible, you might not even want to try to accomplish it. Having an objective to a challenging level that's somewhere in the middle is best, but even these realistic desires can seem way too much. So what do you do? Giving up isn't an option. You want to be successful at keeping your “resolution” this time. The answer actually isn't that difficult. You can easily defeat overwhelm by breaking things down into baby steps. Keep reading, and I'll show you how it's done.
First, you need to be sure you have a well-defined goal. It should have all the SMART components I mentioned before. When you follow these guidelines, you'll have a target that's actionable and can be broken down into manageable pieces. You'll have a task ahead of you that can be measured and that has an endpoint. Now you just need to move forward to figure out the best way to take control of this big dream.
Break It Down
You gain control by breaking it down. If you want to write a book, you probably don't want to just start typing and hope for the best. Instead, figure out the steps that will get it done. Go as small as you need to feel comfortable. If it all seems like just too much, try to come up with the smallest baby steps possible to take so that you'll at least be doing something. Maybe a trip to the museum for historical research can be your jumping off point. If you're a history buff, this will be fun without that intimidation factor, but it will also be taking a necessary step toward writing your masterpiece.
Get Out the Map
Next, you'll want to set milestones when you'll complete each step. This will not only keep you moving forward and on track to reaching your goal, but it's also a great way to trick your brain. You'll be able to check each one off as it's completed and see the light at the end of the tunnel. That's very powerful when it comes to managing overwhelm. Consider going even further by coming up with one baby step you can take each day toward fulfilling your desire. This way you'll always be moving ahead.
Follow these guidelines to breaking your goals into baby steps.
Mini actions are way less intimidating than massive plans.
Yet you can achieve the same results with both.
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