All the experts encourage you to dream big. Making your goals big and bold, they say, will help you persist in the face of obstacles. But many times, this thinking doesnít cut it.
Big goals can become a double-edged sword. Big can get you off the couch, but it can also create frustration: Iím in the battle for my life, struggling in the trenches, getting shot at, and you want me to focus on winning the war? I donít think so. How about focusing how to survive the next 24 hours?
Thereís a fine line of course. If you exclusively focus on the immediate like whatís right in front of you and ignore the bigger picture, your work may start to feel pointless. To achieve of a healthy balance, try the following:
1. Think big. In order to get the motivation to enter the race like start a company, write a book, lose weight, learn to play drums, start a blog, itís important to visualize the finish line and to bask in the mental glory of crossing it. The bigger you think, the more excited youíll be to get started.
2. Act small. Get out of your head and start doing small things every day to get one step closer to reaching your goal. Youíll find that even the biggest goals and longest stretches can be achieved by focusing on those small things that will take you a few steps closer to your destination.
3. Start today. Thinking about successfully achieving a big goal is easy. Actually achieving a big goal is hard. This is why most people talk and only a few do. If you want to accomplish a task, you must do something today, right now that moves you closer.
If youíre afraid of heights, the rule is not to look down. Always think of things that are within your reach not things that you will strain yourself more than expected, you may be hurted.