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Take Baby Steps for Daily Wins

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If you are not getting the results you desire, you are not alone. Great news! It’s not too late to make a change. I’m not talking about changing your goals. I’m suggesting that you change your plan of action.

It is important to have a big picture overview of your goals. To see where you want to go and the end result you desire, but you can’t just focus on the big picture it can become daunting. If you are only focused on the end results you’ll get stuck, lose your confidence, become discouraged and quit.

I have talked about this before in my podcast, You’re Invited to Celebrate, and Develop Clarity of Vision for Your Goals, we need to take our long-term goals and create simple actionable baby step plans to reach them. By setting smaller reachable goals, three to five a week, that step you closer to your final goal you’ll see yourself making achievements. You’ll give yourself something almost daily to celebrate. You’ll keep yourself motivated and you’ll always be moving forward.

Apply the following 6 steps to one of your goals this week and watch how quickly and easily you manage the progress. Then apply them to all your goals:

  1. Focus on one specific goal you find the most challenging.
  2. You know the end desire of the goal. Work backwards and break the goal down into organized and manageable baby steps (think bite-sized Snickers, you’re not you, when you’re not making progress).
  3. Remember, baby steps, less is more. You have to do less more often, frequency is king. Be consistent and take action daily.
  4. Celebrate your daily success. Size really doesn’t matter. Always celebrate and invite like-minded supportive friends and family to celebrate with you.
  5. Direction is more powerful than speed. Consider ‘The Tortoise and the Hare,’ which is one of Aesop’s Fables. The Tortoise wins by crawling slow but steady. Or by taking action via ‘baby steps.’
  6. Remain focused on you progress, not perfection. Remove the word ‘perfection’ from you vocabulary. Henry Ford, Bill Gates, Walt Disney failed before they succeeded. Einstein, Edison, Darwin and Socrates were rejected and considered failures during their lives. Churchill and Lincoln struggled and failed numerous times before become the great leaders we remember today. Making mistakes makes you human and makes you who you are. We grow from our mistakes. We learn from our mistakes. We DO NOT become our mistakes. Be gentle with yourself.

There is a great article in the Ziglar Vault called, ‘Setting Goals: What To Do When You Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything.’ 

Here are several points worth noting in the article:

  • Like Robert Collier’s statement that, “success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.”
  • Jill Tibbels observation that there is a “fairly serious reality gap between what we tell others we do and what we really do.”
  • Tibbels recognizing that, “When you accomplish small, daily goals, you will reach the big, long range goals.”
  • When Tibbels asserts, “How you handle the disappointments in life will determine, to a large degree, how you will reach the success in your goals.”
  • And finally when Tibbels reminds us, “The point is that motivation follows action, not vice-versa.”

It also has a two minute video presented by speaker Jill Tibbels worth listening to.

This article in the Ziglar Vault and the companion video supports several podcasts that have been posted over the past few months on DinamicDesigns. Here are their links, check them out, You’re Invited to Celebrate, and Develop Clarity of Vision for Your Goals.

It’s your turn. What do you think? Do you agree with Tibbels quote, “The point is that motivation follows action, not vice-versa.”? Can you apply the 6 steps to one of your goals this week? Do you have a plan of action that you feel is more helpful than the above 6 steps? If so, please share with us. Help us all grow.