If you’re trying to reach a big goal, it’s very easy to get overwhelmed when you look at everything you have to do and then get discouraged and want to give up. But there are a few simple things you can do in order to reach your goals without getting overwhelmed. Here’s how. 😃
How to Reach Your Goals without Getting Overwhelmed
Set your overall goal
Ok, first you have to figure out what your big goal is. Remember to make it specific and attach a deadline to it so it actually gets done. 😉 (Note: another way to set goals and not get overwhelmed is to set small, baby step kind of goals, but this is specifically about when you’re trying to reach one big goal). Maybe your goal is to train for a 5k (specific) by a certain date or write 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo in a single month. This is the one time when we’re going to be looking at the big, huge goal all at once before we start breaking it down into manageable chunks.
Work backwards and break down the big goal into steps
Next, figure out how to break down the goal based on when your deadline is. If you were training for a 5k race, for example, you might look up different training plans online and then figure out how many minutes or miles you need to run per day in order to work up to a 5k run by the end of your training. Or if you were going to write 50,000 words in a month, you would just break it down by 30 days and see that you need to write about 1,666 words each day.
Figure out what steps you need to complete each day, then do it
In the examples above, we determined that you’d need to write 1,666 words each day, or run however long your training plan specified. Maybe you need to run 1 mile a day for a week, and then work your way up to a 5k from there. So on this particular day, what do you need to accomplish? Go do that.
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Don’t think about how far you still have to go
This might sound counterintuitive, but if you’re working on a big, overwhelming goal, then try not to look at how far you still have to go or you’re going to get discouraged. Instead, just accomplish your task for today and look at only the moment ahead of you. Complete what you need to do in this moment or in this day and don’t let yourself look at everything you still have to do. The part when we get overwhelmed with our goals is when we see that we’re only on day 1 and we have over 48,000 words left to go. So after you’ve set the initial goal, don’t look at it again. Just complete your specified task for the day and be done with it.
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale
Ok, that’s it! To reach your goals without getting overwhelmed, you set your big goal initially, break it down into daily action steps, and then just do it. Put your blinders on, get your work done, and keep putting one foot in front of the other. 😃 You can do this.