Setting small goals. This is so hard for me to do because I want results now. I often forget how the small changes will make a difference in my life and I realized after talking to several people they do too.
Setting goals and following through with them is difficult. We often fail because we just don’t set realistic goals. We strive for the big results but never quite get there. Why? Because we’ve forgotten how setting small goals is more achievable.
It’s silly too because we all know that small things matter. Let’s take for example gardening. If we plant a fruit seed and walk away from it nothing will happen. It won’t grow. It’ll just lay there waiting. But if we plant a fruit seed and invest time, patience and give it the proper water and nutrients, that small seed will sprout and slowly grow into a large thriving fruit tree that will last for many many years.
When it comes to paying off debt, we still fail to see how small changes matter. We think cutting back our daily coffee run, won’t make much of a difference. We say to ourselves it’s just $5, that won’t make a difference in the mounds of debt that I have. But it does! That $5 a day, is $35 a week, $150 a month and $1825 a year. That $1825 a year can save you an extra $237.00 of interest with an average interest rate of 13%, equaling out to $2062! If you’re paying higher interest rate than 13% then your savings could be more!
See how even the small things matter.
The same principal applies towards losing weight. Don’t get frustrated if you step on that scale and only lost 1/2 lb that week. Continue losing a 1/2 each week and that’s 26 lbs a year.
Don’t let the I want it now syndrome keep you from reaching your goals. What ever your goals are, make a commitment, set small goals and don’t quit. If you get off track, think of yourself like a GPS (Goal Planning Software) recalculate and get back on course.
Visuals are a great way to help you stay on course. I’ve created a Free Goal Meter Printable that you can download and print. Here’s an example of how you can use it to set your goal of saving money.
Use this Free Goal Meter Printable and post and record your progress everywhere. And remember…. to get big results you need to set small goals!