I’m currently in “nesting mode” and getting my space cleaned up and organized so I can end the year with a bang.
This fall I have some pretty big goals for myself (as I’m sure you do too).
- Release 2 new digital guides. Stay tuned!
- Put up a gallery wall in my office with all the cute prints I’ve been collecting.
- Get in shape before Christmas cookie season…or not…
I hear a lot of people say they make goals for themselves, and maybe even buy a bunch of supplies, but for whatever reason, they can’t seem to chip away at what they want.
What’s going on? Well, it has to do with the elephant in the room…the one you’re scared to look at.
Because I love cheesy jokes (and you do too or else why would you be reading my blog?), I’ll share one of my faves:
Question: How do you eat an elephant?
Answer: One bite at a time.
Har har har! Putting aside the fact that I’m a vegan and the very idea of eating an elephant or any other animal repulses me, this joke contains a nugget of truth.
Most people stare at the lumbering form of a 2-ton elephant (ie, their goals) and wonder where the heck they should start. Personally, I’d start with the ears just like when you eat a chocolate Easter bunny.
These “elephants” are just too damn big to swallow whole. But taken one bite at a time, you can make slow and steady progress, and eventually finish it off.
My goal of creating a digital guide is too big for me to complete in one sitting, so I need to break it down into manageable bite-sized pieces. That means drafting the outline, writing the chapters, editing the photos, editing the content, designing the cover, putting up the sales page, etc.
This past week my schedule’s been packed with Life Editing Goals Calls, and I figured I should share the tool we’re using to map out my clients’ goals for the rest of the year.
This 3-Month Goals Action Plan will help you take tiny bites out of your elephant-sized goals.
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In the first box, write down all your enormous elephant goals that you want to tackle in the next 3 months. Don’t worry if they seem huge and frightening because they won’t stay that way for long.
Next, think about the smaller goals that lead up to the big ones. For example, if you want to lose 30 pounds, you’ll first need to lose 10 pounds. Write these smaller goals in the boxes for the appropriate months. In this example, “lose 10 pounds” goes in the boxes for months 1, 2, and 3, which all lead up to the ultimate goal of losing 30 pounds.
Finally, break down your monthly goals into the smallest possible actions you can think of and write them in the mini task boxes for each month. Going back to the weight loss example, some mini tasks might be to download a calorie-tracking app, join a gym, or buy a healthy cookbook.
If you find yourself procrastinating and not making any progress on your goals, 9 times out of 10 it means that the task you’re working on is too large.
Break down that task into the teeniest, tiniest steps you can think of. That might be something as simple as return a phone call, throw away 1 piece of trash, or write a rough draft of an email.
What are your 3-month goals?
In the comments below, share your “elephants” and the bite-sized tasks you plan to do to finish them off.
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