Small actions help achieve big goals. We all love to set goals, we love to dream big, and we love to wish for things we don’t have. There’s nothing wrong with that, except we typically won’t do anything to achieve any of those things. By the time we grow old, we have a long list of things we’ve always wanted to do, but never got around to doing. 

While there’s nothing wrong with setting big goals, you have to be prepared for what it might take to eventually reach that goal. Many people will get discouraged, but there’s an easy solution to your “big” problem — think about it in smaller increments. 

Benefits of Setting Smaller Goals

When you use smaller actions to set goals, you make them seem much more achievable. This will give you the confidence to keep pushing forward, even when times get tough. You’ll always have your end goal in the back of your mind, but you’ll also know what needs to happen in order to get there. 

When you achieve a small goal, you’ll get a sense of accomplishment that will motivate you into the next goal. One achieved goal will turn into another achieved goal. Eventually, you’ll build up enough momentum that nothing will get in your way. 

How To Effectively Use Small Actions To Set Goals

The first thing you should do is write your long-term goals on a piece of paper and post it on the wall in your room or on your refrigerator. Place it somewhere you will see it often because you want to be reminded of these goals throughout the day. This will help keep you on track and will also allow you to change your long-term goals when you see fit. 

Once you have your long-term goals set, you’ll want to start brainstorming how you can eventually reach those goals. If one of your goals is to own a business, come up with a list of 10 things you need to do before that’s possible. Break it up into small actions.

If your goal is to lose 50 pounds, break it up into 5lb or 10lb increments. Chances are 50 pounds will seem far away, but 5 pounds will seem doable. Every time you reach your 5lb-goal, you’ll be 10% closer to your ultimate goal. 

Don’t Forget to Reward Yourself

If you need further motivation to achieve your small goals, set a reward for yourself anytime you complete one. It could be something small or large, but make it something you’ll want to work towards.

If you’re on a strict diet to lose weight, give yourself a cheat meal whenever you reach your smaller goals. Just make sure you remind yourself why you’re doing this, that way you don’t fall off track or get lazy halfway through. 

There also might come a time when you need extra help. If you’ve tried everything and can’t seem to get to where you want to be in life, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. A life coach can give you all the advice, tools, and resources you need to get that train back on track.