Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Quitter’s Circle, a collaboration between the American Lung Association and Pfizer. All thoughts and opinions presented in this post are purely my own.
Many of us have large goals we are working hard to accomplish. Whether these goals are related to our health, fitness, finances, personal life, or something else, we can always benefit from taking our big goal and breaking it down into bite-sized steps. Below are some tips on why you should try to break your goal into bite-sized steps and how to do it.
Why Break Your Goal Down into Bite-Sized Steps?
– It’s More Manageable –
When your goal is broken down into small steps it becomes more manageable because you can work at it one piece at a time instead of having to try to tackle the entire thing at once.[i]
– Not as Overwhelming –
Some people do not achieve their goals because they find the amount of work they have to do to get to that final destination very overwhelming. Thinking of your goal as one small step at a time reduces that overwhelming feeling.[i]
– More Likely to Achieve –
When you break your goal down it becomes more manageable and less overwhelming, so there may be a higher chance that you will stick with it. Because of this, people who focus on one small goal at a time, instead of their huge end goal, may be more likely to ultimately reach it![i]
How to Break Your Goals Down into Bite-Sized Steps?
– Where Are You Now –
It’s important to take into consideration where you are starting out on your journey when setting your goals. Be honest with yourself about where you are so you can make the right, baby steps forward. For example: If your goal is to run a marathon, but you are only currently running two miles a day, you wouldn’t go out and run 10 miles your first day. That is just not realistic.
– Think of Day One –
What do you need to do to be ready on your first day? What supplies do you need to get? What do you need to get rid of? Who are you sharing your goal with for accountability? For example: If your goal is to quit smoking you might rid your house of cigarettes and temptations, talk to your family and friends about the ways that they can help support you, and visit an online support community like Quitter’s Circle to get more information on how to quit smoking.
– Be a Planner –
Once you are ready for day one it is time to plan out the rest of you journey. After you make it through your first day, you’ll need to have a plan for what the following days will look like. The first week? The first month? And so on and so forth. For example: If you are working on a fitness goal this might include writing down goal workouts on your calendar. However, if you are working on a financial goal, such as paying back credit card debt, then your plan might include small steps you can take each day, larger steps (like cancelling cable), and a realistic timeline for paying back your debt. Bonus: There are experts out there who can help you along the way. If you’re looking to make a positive health change, you can talk to your doctor about steps you can take.
[i]Latham, Gary P. Goal-Setting Theory: Causal Relationships, Mediators, and Moderators. Psychology: Oxford Research Encyclopedias. May 2016. http://psychology.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190236557.001.0001/acrefore-9780190236557-e-12. Accessed on October 19, 2016.