Set Small Easily Winnable Goals Each Day [1/6]
Starting from today I am going to write a minimum of 100 words blog post on the next 6 alternate days (I’ve other small goals set on the other days): 25 Dec, 27 Dec, 29 Dec, 31 Dec and 1 Jan.
The reason why I’m doing this is because my focus and discipline have been very off lately which would impede what I set up to achieve. It will also be a training ground for me to get better at the craft that is needed for my next online endeavour.
First you have to have a grand vision of what you want to achieve, your ‘why’ must be strong, you must be able to visualise vividly of the moment you achieve your goal. So you’re not just a bricklayer, but building a cathedral. Next is to have the right attack plan, the path to get there. It must be backed up by knowledge, skills and processes.
After that it’ll be the execution part. Here is where people start to procrastinate, sometimes we lie to ourselves that our plan is not perfect so we could use learning / reading as an excuse for not doing the real work. We’d rather spend hours on Quora, Reddit and etc. reading others’ successes, get inspired by their learning lessons, quotes and stories rather than be the one that are making them.
Emotion follows action. While we love to do things when we are motivated however it is oftentimes your motivation fails to show up when you needed the most. So stop waiting. Start small, set easily winnable goal each day.
It can be as simple as writing 100 words each day or doing 5 push up or just mentally counting how much you’ve spent yesterday (paying attention is the first step to budgeting), or whatever. You don’t have to wait for the right emotion in order to start taking action. Take actions first and your emotion will follow.
Mother Teresa has a quote saying “If I look at the mass I will never act.” Our natural inclination when confronting with large scale project is to avoid doing anything.
So don’t look at the mass, don’t look at the amount of starfishes on the beach. Pick up the one besides your feets and start throwing. Save one at a time.
The key here is to focus on consistency and not intensity. Taking action repeatedly over time will cultivate habits which will make taking subsequent action easier than before.
You might also experience that your motivation shows up after you have showed up.