How to stop quitting and start achieving bigger goals.
You don’t just achieve big goals; the distance is too long to make that happen.
It’s called a goal because you do not have the capacity to achieve it in one stride. Else it’s not a goal.
A goal always requires more than your current ability to accomplish in an instant.
That’s part of why it’s a goal in the first place. If you could achieve it by default, it wouldn’t be called a goal.
Big goals always take more time to accomplish than you can in an instant. So it takes a longer time than what you can accomplish in a few minutes.
The implication is that a big goal stretches you like a rubber band before you can accomplish it. The requisite capacity beyond your default and the time beyond what you can do in a fingers snap will stretch you beyond your current capacity.
And when you’re stretched, what follows is a new default. And what results is growth.
The essence of setting goals is, therefore, to make us grow, to become the person it takes to achieve those goals.
Achieving big goals could overwhelm sometimes. But without big goals, you won’t grow.
Some of the results we seek requires a paradigm shift to make happen. That is a complete shift in what you believe is possible for you.
Left to himself, no one likes a shift from the familiar.
Familiar is comfortable, familiar is convenient, familiar is less stressful. Familiar is every “good” thing but a change of state. But without change, growth is impossible.
Goals are a requisite for growth.
“The problem isn’t setting big goals but achieving them!” You yell.
You are looking for how to stop quitting and start achieving your bigger goals.
Here’s it: approach achieving your bigger goals as if a ladder to the rooftop.
I call it the step ladder approach to achieving goals. And here’s how I define it:
“The step ladder approach is the art of achieving big and audacious goals through smaller goals.”
The success of this approach draws on the “measurable” component of achieving goals using the SMART mnemonics.
If we must achieve a goal, it has to be measurable. It gives better orientation and facilitates clarity and accountability.
If your goal is measurable, you can tell how far or close you are to achieving it. That’s orientation.
Measurable also helps make the contrast of between what is yet to be done and what we have already done. That’s clarity.
Armed with these you can objectively tell whether or not you are making progress. That’s accountability.
That’s what makes measurable goals far easier to accomplish than otherwise.
The Ladder Step to Achieving Goals
It’s the art of achieving big goals using smaller ones as the rung of the ladder.
So that as the small ones are being achieved, the bigger ones are progressively being realized.
That’s the idea.
Earl Nightingale captured it in his definition of success:
“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.”
That’s the best way to achieving your bigger goals.
About 15 more days to complete the goal of 50–60 articles for December and realizing that I have 30 to 40 articles to make that dream come true was quite overwhelming.
Thinking about it, it almost made it seem impossible.
When I noticed that thinking about 30 to 40 will overwhelmed my mind, I changed the narrative. I stop looking at the whole progress and focus on one rung at a time.
“How many articles do I need to write per day to make 30 or 40 articles in 15 days?”
I took my phone, did the maths, and the answer was easier for my mind to swallow than thinking 30–40.
Then I noticed I was relieved. Two to three articles per day was better to swallow than 30 to 40!
Then I broke it further.
“Can I write one in the morning and one in the evening?”
The answer was yes: I can write one article before noon and another before 8 pm.
This made my mind to leap in joy! So I only have to think one article before 12 p.m and one article before 8 p.m.
This one more than offer relief; it was joyful to think one instead of two.
And then my mind seem up to the task and that was it. I was energized and in a better state of mind to achieve my small goal each day.
That’s the best way to achieve bigger goals_ by using smaller goals as the rung of the ladder.
Without those rungs, it becomes difficult to think about achieving the big and audacious goals. That’s the reason some individuals give up when the motivation that started the journey of achievement fizzle out.
That’s how to stop quitting your goals and start achieving them.
Today can mark an end to quitting your ideal and start achieving them. It only takes a change in approach. Break your one-month goals into weekly goals; your weekly goals into daily goals and your daily goals into hourly goals. Until it becomes a joy for your mind to think about, don’t stop breaking them further into smaller goals.
The new year is a few days away; don’t be scared to set big goals. Don’t worry quitting in midway this time; with this approach, you will 80–90% of your bigger goals!