Once you know what you want, the next step is to plan how you can get there.
A big goal is best broken down into smaller, bite size goals. We like to refer to them as microgoals. They are the individual steps that lead to the final result. The set of these smaller goals is your plan towards success.
If your goal is a vacation in Bali, figuring the total cost and when you want to go will tell you how much you need to save each week.
What is a microgoal?
Each week, then, saving that amount is your microgoal. More microgoals to this end might be packing a lunch two days a week or working a few hours each Saturday for extra cash.
If you want to write a novel, a microgoal of a first draft of one chapter this week is far easier to face than a goal of "write book this year".
Each small success brings satisfaction and bolsters your confidence, so that, one step at a time, the miles get crossed. Setting microgoals also helps clarify exactly what is necessary to achieve your particular goal so that no important steps are missed.
Can you picture some of the steps needed to reach your goal? Have you ever taken the time to write them down? Once you spend a bit of time organizing your plan, you'll realize that your goal is not that far away.
This sounds too easy...
And sometimes it is. However, as you work towards reaching your goal, you may discover an unseen force working against you, fighting to keep you from succeeding. It can be discouraging to realize that this force is actually your own mind.
Yes, your own mind can work against you reaching your goal. And even worse, it is very effective. But there is hope. As you read on, you'll see that there are things you can do to help you succeed.
In the next section, we'll discuss some techniques to overcome this force...