When you set a goal, what’s the best time to start?
It seems like so many people have big goals they have wanted to achieve for a long time, and yet have never actually started.
I do believe that making small goals throughout your lifetime is the best way to achieve big goals.
That is, you can’t plan to accomplish something for a long time if you haven’t already achieved something for a short time.
If you think about it, with short-term goals it’s not long until you’ve completed the goal.
You can always start small, and get your feet wet.
It doesn’t take long to build your momentum up.
I would advise starting with a small goal and then progress from there.
No rule says you have to work on something big all at once.
Instead, you can choose to focus on something small first.
Use small steps to build momentum, and eventually reach your long-term goal.
How long will it take to accomplish a goal?
When you set a goal, you are starting from scratch.
It’s a new start to your current state of being.
So if it’s taking you a long time to get somewhere, you may be aiming too high.
A successful goal will take a long time to reach.
Think about it.
No one achieves anything in a short amount of time.
If a goal has a set time period in which to reach it, you should consider lowering your expectations.
So how long will it take to accomplish a goal?
Depending on the type of goal you’ve set for yourself, there are five different length scales for how long it will take to achieve a goal.
The time scale for goal-seeking
- Long Term
- 4 years
- Short Term
- 1-3 months
- 1-5 months
- 1-6 months
If your goal has a specific time period in which to complete it, you should consider lowering your expectations and working on a small goal instead.
Think about it.
I bet you’ve had times where you worked on a small goal, and it took you longer than expected.
There’s no doubt, it’s frustrating, and you don’t understand why you couldn’t have finished that goal sooner.
When setting a goal, try to think about it a bit differently.
When setting a goal, you have to begin to address the root problem.
Think about it.
When you get to that point, you will be doing something, instead of just working on the achievement.
It’s like building muscle.
You have to start with a small set of muscles and work from there.
The same goes for setting goals.
When you’re working on your goals, you will do small tasks to build momentum.
To hit that long-term goal, you may have to do a lot of small tasks along the way.
That’s why it’s important to start small.
Take all the small goals you set for yourself, and think about how to narrow them down.
You will work to develop the skill before you go for that bigger goal.
The power of small steps
The journey to your goals is not only an accomplishment, it’s a process.
Small steps will eventually make it to that big goal you set for yourself.
Your goal will always be out there, but you can’t go about achieving it without first taking the small steps that get you there.
This is what I like to call the power of small steps.
The same thing that gets you through your day-to-day tasks, will also help you achieve your goals.
These are the little things that you do day-to-day.
These are the small things that help you get out of bed in the morning, and do what you need to do.
When you look at it this way, it’s much easier to see the power of small steps.
The power of small steps starts with your mindset.
If you believe in yourself, your goals, and what you want to accomplish, then you will feel unstoppable.
You will be able to go after whatever goals you set for yourself, and you will get there.
But you have to believe in yourself.
Your mind will have to shift into that goal-setting mode and start focusing on how to reach your goal.
You’ll need to get clear about what you want to accomplish, as well as make sure you’re implementing the small tasks that will get you there.
Small tasks such as reading your goals, and setting goals for yourself.
What small tasks do you need to focus on to achieve your goals?
What will you achieve if you achieve your goal?
The most important aspect of achieving a goal is that you will achieve something.
Most people say, “If you achieve your goal, you will feel happy, excited, and satisfied.”
However, sometimes the task is bigger than the initial step. You have to start small, work on your goal every single day, and don’t give up.
Eventually, you will reach your goal. The bottom line is that a goal should have a significant impact on you.
It should inspire you and have an amazing impact on your life.
For example, if you are trying to learn how to ski, you will start small and build up your skills over time.
Before you know it, you will be trying to ski down a black diamond slope.
So always remember, success is always the first step in a journey, never the end.