When thinking about goal setting, the phrase “dream big” comes to mind. Having big aspirations, and things you want to achieve in your life is healthy and is what keeps you moving forward. If you believe something is ‘impossible’ it becomes just that, because if you don’t try, you will never know what could have been. To be successful and achieve your goals you must create a realistic PLAN, and lay out the steps for you to achieve that plan.
When you have big dreams you must create ‘checkpoints’ for yourself that align with your goals. For example if you want to take a trip to see a friend, and you always talk about getting together but you never seem to follow through with the plans because of time off from work and expenses, sit down and start creating your plan to making the trip happen.
Dream Big can also be a dangerous idea because it encourages extravagant goals, which means you might be neglecting the smaller, more attainable ideas. Developing plans that vary in difficulty and the time it will take you to achieve them is the key to success. This way, you don’t put all your eggs in one basket by having one dream that might not come true, but you can still enjoy many other achievements. No matter how small, any goal reached, is an accomplishment.
Creating smaller goals is great practice for your larger life plans and a big confidence booster as well. If your goal is to run a 10k and you create goals along the way like “run 3 days this week” or “run 30 minutes without stopping” and you take the steps (pun intended) to achieve these smaller goals you are well on your way to achieving your overarching goal and you have shown yourself in small ways that you CAN do it.