I truly want you to set big, audacious goals for yourself and your business this month. Goals that will stretch you. Goals that will challenge you in new ways. Goals that are designed to take your business to the next level.
And yet, I have to share one caveat when it comes to setting big business goals: after you make them, there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself stuck in indecision, analysis paralysis or overwhelm. More likely, you’ll feel a combination of all three.
Ever wonder why that is? Why the moment you set an exciting goal for your business, your motivation lags and overwhelm and confusion set in?
I’d argue it’s because even though you know what you want to achieve (the big goal), you haven’t taken the time to figure out the steps you need to take to reach it. All you have to work from is a goal that feels too broad to be actionable.
Here’s the good news: you can quickly make your big goals more actionable by breaking them down into micro-goals, which are essentially mini-goals or milestones that help you work toward a goal through specific, manageable, bite-size steps.
To break your goals down into micro-goals, here’s the approach I recommend:
1. Identify a big picture goal for the month.
2. Write down every thing that needs to happen in order for you to reach that goal.
3. Prioritize those tasks by order of importance and turn them into a checklist.
4. During dedicated work hours, start tackling the items on your checklist, one at a time, until you get through the list and reach your goal.
When you break your goals down into micro-goals, you’ll experience a lot of pros – the obvious one being that you have something you can take action on immediately. You’ll also discover that this approach makes your goals feel more doable and that it’s inherently motivating. There’s just something about crossing items off a checklist that puts you in a positive mindset and keeps you dedicated to doing the work.
So now tell me, do you use micro-goals in your approach to goal setting? If not, what big goal are you going to break down into micro-goals so you can try this approach out this month? Comment below and let me know.