We all know January is the month of new goals and resolutions. New year new me, as every netizen proudly announces on January 1st. We greet the start of the year with optimism and hope. And why won’t we? There’s something absolutely wondrous about having the chance to start again.
The problem, my friend, lies in this teensy-tiny detail:Our optimism and hopefulness in achieving our goals often don't last the entire year. Or even January. Click To Tweet
Now there are tons of factors we could consider. Maybe it has something to do with a certain personality trait. Maybe you weren’t able to create an effective goal-slaying strategy. Or maybe – just maybe – the goals and resolutions you set for yourself was unachievable and unrealistic in the first place?
Before you get your feathers in a ruffle, let me make this clear.
I’m not saying you can’t dream big. By all means, do! In the world we’re currently living, we need all the dreamers. Those people who are unafraid to go beyond. (Plus Ultra, knowwhatimsayin)
But there is a fine line between setting big goals and resolutions, and achieving those same big goals and resolutions. And that fine line is incredibly important:
Action. You need to take one specific action in a certain way: Start smart. And how does one start smart, pray tell, Kate?
Oh, I’m so glad you asked. Through small things.
An Ode to the Small and Basic
When you want to achieve something and nothing seems to work, start again. And start smart and small. (I dare you to repeat that fast.)
I know I seem like a broken record at this point but it’s too important not to say again. The small things matter. Be it a small habit, a small change in your routine, small goals and resolutions. They matter. In the same way that rice matters to an Asian household’s daily meals. Small things matter just as ants are important in the ecosystem they’re in. They make up the foundation in which the big things stand upon.
Without the small positive changes you start to incorporate into your life, you can’t expect to see the big changes.
Whenever I’m stuck in a creative rut, I go back to the basic. And I start again – in small things. Doodles, sketches, and when I’m really in a huge, like capital H huge, rut, I do stick drawings.
The thing with small is that they’re… well, small. They’re so small, they’re achievable. Easy to cross off your to do list. They can be achieved in a short amount of time. And achieving one small goal can give you enough dopamine hit to cross off another small goal. Then another. And then another.
Now, how can you turn big goals and resolutions into smaller goals?
I’m not kidding. And I’m definitely not just trying to be gory – I hate gore. In order for big goals and resolutions to become small ones, you really just need to chop them into smaller pieces. Like slicing an entire triple-layer buttercream cake into small, delectable slices.
Make a big goal like “write a book” into something small like “write for 10 minutes everyday.”
If you want to read more books, make it a goal to read before you go to sleep.
To grow your social media, start by spending ten minutes engaging with the community.
If you want to get a job, have a quota of resumes you need to send everyday. This same thing also works if you want to land a guest post or writing op.
Go as small as it needs for you to jumpstart that change, or create that new habit, or achieve those big goals and resolutions. And remember to keep at it. Make yourself repeat the small things the next day. It could just be one chapter, or ten minutes, or five resumes / guest post pitches. Heck, it could be even smaller than that, if you like!
The important thing is you’re putting one foot in front of the other. You’re taking it one slice at a time, consistently. In a matter of time, you’ll have your foundation. And it is a stable and sturdy foundation.
I WANNA HEAR FROM YOU!
What are some big goals you have set for yourself this year? How can you turn them into smaller goals?
PS: Check out four other steps you can take to achieve your big goals.
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