As a new year approaches, many people you know may be making resolutions and goals. Some popular ones include:
- Lose Weight
- Exercise More
- Eat Healthier
- Spend More Time with Loved Ones
- Get Out of Debt
- Save More Money
- Travel More
As wonderful and inspiring as these are, most people will fail.
Several factors come into play, but the root of the problem is that people are too vague and big when they create their goals.
Having a bird's-eye view of things is fine, but not enough people focus on the day-to-day changes that have to be made. This is a shame because small can be awesome, especially when it comes to wins.
Even if you have large goals, building up momentum with small wins can have a huge impact on your life.
When people make goals, they usually like to go big.
After the initial excitement and wears off, there are two common reactions to huge changes:
- gazelle intense: Some people are wired to go all or nothing. You give them a goal to pay down debt and then will shut down EVERY purchase and make everyone in the house eat rice and beans. While a few can make headline grabbing results, most of us burn out.
- paralyzed and overwhelmed: The other side of the coin is people who want to dip their toes into the water. Not knowing where to start, they shut down mentally.
We can overcome both of these hurdles with a combination of small wins and a big picture mentality.
Building Momentum with Small Wins
Let me show you how you can acheive a big goal – decluttering your home – using small wins.
It's a fanstic goal as you're not only freeing up space, but you be saving time since you don't have to maintain all your stuff.
The problem is when you look at your place and realize just how much work you have to do. Be honest – do you really want to clean the WHOLE house?
Start instead with one space – yours. Clean and declutter that one room or area in the house you like to relax in. Take a day off and enjoy your progress before starting up on the next space.
It sounds too simple, but it works. Breaking things down into manageable pieces helps us to follow through on our goals.
Thoughts on the Power of Small Wins
I'd love to hear from you. If you have a big goal or dream, what small wins are you shooting for? How are you planning to celebrate each milestone?