It’s no secret that I’m a goal-setting woman and I’ve got a long list of things I’d love to accomplish this year. But recently I heard an analogy about goals that transformed how I think about the power of setting small goals.
The speaker described goals in terms of a soccer game or a football game. In soccer, players have one primary objective–get the ball into the net. And they basically run around for a long time with little measurable progress. In football, teams break the huddle looking for a first down, followed by another and then another. True, there are times a play breaks open for a touchdown or they hurl a “Hail Mary” pass when time is running out, but usually football teams set and accomplish a series of smaller goals on their way to reach the end zone.
What’s that got to do with my life? I may have the goal to finish a new manuscript or two this year, but if I approach that goal with a soccer mentality, I could run around in circles until September before panic either sets in or I give up. But if I think like football, I would break the big goal down into 12 months and then each individual week and even day into specific word count goals. By focusing on the small achievable piece, I should eventually look up and see the end zone within reach. And that would be a beautiful sight.
So today, I’m refocusing my attention on a series of small goals.
What about you? Can you break your big goal for the year down into smaller steps?