When you thought about how guilt was affecting you, did you find it was holding you back from following your dreams? Accomplishing your goals?
Taking the first step toward your goals can be scary. It’s risky, it’s daunting, and
there’s a chance you can fail. It doesn’t matter what the goal is, losing weight, paying off debt, changing careers. Those goals are intimidating. It would be much more comfortable for things to stay the same than to risk everything and go for what we really.
We have this tendency to procrastinate when it comes to taking steps toward achieving those goals. Perhaps we don’t know where to start. Maybe it’s overwhelming, it feels like there’s just so many things you need to do and there doesn’t seem to be enough time to do them all.
Today we’re going to tackle that issue and start making progress.
How do you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time.
Much like eating an elephant, the key to reaching any goal, no matter how big, is to get stared and break it down into baby steps. We can reach any goal we set and make any change we desire if we consistently take small steps towards it.
I always have a goal in mind when I write these posts and today, my goal is for you to leave this blog feeling inspired and motivated to take those first few baby steps toward your biggest goals.
The best part about taking baby steps is we don’t have to have it all figured out to get stared. It’s not necessary to know exactly what you’ll do at every step of the journey to our best life. All we need to know is the next step and the next one after that.
We don’t need to have a plan to pay off our entire credit card debt. Or exactly how we’ll lose every extra pound. We don’t need to know what it will take to buy our dream home. And we don’t need to know everything there is to know about opening and running our own bakery.
All we need to do is figure out the first step. It might be cutting up our credit cards, or eliminating chocolate from our diet. What we need to do right now is make a little bit of progress to get us started. We want to gain momentum.
Once we take the first step, we’ll want to take the next and the next one after that.
Before we know it, we’ll be crushing our goals. After taking a single step, a single bit of the elephant, if you will, we’re going to be come unstoppable. There will be no question that we’re capable of achieving our dreams.
So let’s do it. Right now, in the next 5 minutes, we’re going to take the first step toward our goals. Just a single step. We don’t need to know what comes next, we can figure the rest out along the way.
Start Crushing those Goals
The first thing we will do is take a look at our big goal, our ultimate dream. What do we want more than anything else? We will take a couple of moments to think of the changes we want to make, the areas of our life we would like to improve.
While we don’t need to know exactly how we’re going to get there, we have to know where we want to be. It’s important to know what our end goal is, so we know when we get there. Even a general idea is alright at the point.
It’s perfectly acceptable to decide we want to lose weight or start paying off some debt. Do you have a goal in mind? Awesome, lets keep going!
The next thing we need to do is come up with one or two little things we can do right now that help us move in the right direction. It doesn’t matter how small those steps are. They may seem insignificant when you look at the big picture, but they will quickly add up. Most importantly, those little steps, the first few successes will get you started.
Let’s Look at a Few Examples
If your goal is improving your health or lose weight, your baby steps may be to go for a 10 minute walk each day, or replacing soda with sparkling water. Maybe it’s trying some new healthy recipes and getting into the habit of eating a salad or steamed veggies with two meals per day.
If the goal is to save money or pay off debt, it could be to have $20 per month automatically transferred into a savings account or to pay the principal of your debt. Or maybe it’s going through bills and cutting out some monthly extras like canceling subscriptions or downgrading your cellphone and cable bills. Maybe it’s skipping the coffee shop in the morning and packing your lunch. Find one or two places where you can save a few dollars and start applying them towards your financial goal.
If you want to change careers or start your own business, read up on what you need to do or find someone to talk to who’s done what you want to do for direction. In short, do something today that will move you in the right direction. Go do that and then stay tuned for tomorrow’s post.
What would you do if you knew you wouldn’t fail?
Is there a goal you’ve been putting off? Something you really want but haven’t yet attempted for whatever reason? What will it take for you to give it a shot?