I’m one of those people who go a little bit overboard when it comes to setting goals, intentions and resolutions, especially around this time of year.
I get all excited around this time because a new year means a brand new clean slate to start from but because of this, I get caught up in it all and set goals, intentions and resolutions that are way, way too ambitious.
It’s like I’m setting myself up for failure.
I came across an article illustrating the concept of “Microsteps” as it relates to goal setting and this caught my attention. The article titled New Year’s Resolutions: Why Microsteps Have More Impact Than Grand Plans sets itself up for the reader by saying…
We like to set ambitious goals every January, imagining how much more amazing we are going to be about everything in the coming year — healthier, happier, more successful…January comes and goes and, lo and behold, we are much the same as when the year started. While lofty goals sound impressive, they don’t always work. The gyms are packed in January and empty in February. Sound familiar? Perhaps this is a good year to try a new approach!
Now, I’ve been there many, many times. All good intentions in January, resolutions down the toilet in February. I didn’t want that to happen this year so I read the article and it blew my mind.
How can something as simple as breaking down lofty, ambitious goals into smaller “microsteps” escape me I don’t know, but that was my epiphany for 2019.
The essence of the article reminded of an old saying…
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
Now that I’ve read and absorbed New Year’s Resolutions: Why Microsteps Have More Impact Than Grand Plans I’m now looking at the goals, intentions and resolutions I’ve made for 2019 and seeing if there’s anyway to break them down into smaller, more manageable chunks.
I know I have a lot of things that I want to achieve this year and with this micro-stepping technique under my belt, I have much more of a chance of “getting shit done…”
That’s my mantra for 2019.
Check out the original link: New Year’s Resolutions: Why Microsteps Have More Impact Than Grand Plans