When it comes to goals, it’s important to set measurable ones — but it’s also important to push yourself. It can be easy to set small goals because they aren’t as difficult to accomplish and big goals can be daunting. That said, it’s just like the common saying: “Shoot for the moon and even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” By setting goals that exceed your expectations of yourself, you give yourself the challenge to go beyond what you thought was possible. And even if you don’t make it, it’s likely that you’ll at least exceed the goal that you originally set for yourself by striving for more.
As you go for your big goals, think about making them a big deal. It’s all too easy to sweep goals underneath the rug if no one else knows about them and if you don’t make them a priority. So, a solution? Make goal setting a fun event! You can do this by:
- Creating visual reminders of your goals in the places that you frequent (like a collage with inspiring words in your bedroom or a photo of the place you really want to visit on your desk at work!)
- Making it a social activity by telling a friend and even convincing them to join you (and they can help keep you accountable!)
- Finding countdown applications for your computer or for your mobile devices in order to set deadlines for your big goals (this gives you something to look forward to and helps you to keep track of your progress!)
And finally, make sure you celebrate your progress! Each step towards your goal is a victory — it all counts! Reward yourself in small ways as you go — even if it’s just a moment to step back and say, “Wow, I’m doing great!” After all, it’s kind of a big dealÖ
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