Some people like big goals – I’m a big goals gal – the bigger and wilder the better. Yet others advocate for small achievable goals.
In fact, I recently read an article that suggested that people do better with small goals rather than large ones. They get to reward themselves more frequently, and actually get an enorphin release that promotes recurrence. Small goals are meant to be achievable: “Complete three workouts this week” for example.
But what they might lack is purpose. Why bother? So what if you don’t? These Little Goals might fail to provide sufficient drive to complete those three workouts, or at least complete them with enough energy to be a challenge. And they most likely will lack in direction.
Perhaps the difference between Big Goals and Little Goals is more an issue of semantics. Perhaps the Big Goal would be better called a Vision, or Purpose. And the Little Goals are the stepping stones to achieving that Vision or Purpose.
A Vision should be a powerful motivator. I see it as a picture of your best-self. It should provide excitement, direction and focus for all the steps you must take to get there. And if those little steps are set as Goals – they are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and have a deadline – well then there should be very little standing between you and your Vision.
What does that picture of your best self look like?