Take the Pressure Off – Break Your Goals Into Smaller Steps

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.” That is, only “if you break it into smaller steps,” says Jon Acuff.

It is important to dream big to allow your mind to identify what is dear to you.  However, it is equally important that you approach your strategy for goal achievement in a way that works.

In his new book Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done, Acuff discusses findings from his research on goal achievement and shares some counterintuitive strategies that really work!  He says they might even feel like cheating!

The bottom line is: lofty goal-setting alone will not lead to the success you want.

Acuff shares his findings: “The most effective exercises were not those that pushed people to work harder. The ones that got people to the finish line did just the opposite— they took the pressure off.”

Why is this?

Acuff explains, “Because the sneakiest obstacle to meeting your goals is not laziness, but perfectionism. We’re our own worst critics, and if it looks like we’re not going to do something right, we prefer not to do it at all. That’s why we’re most likely to quit on day two, ‘the day after perfect’—when our results almost always underper­form our aspirations.”

Acuff recommends breaking big dreams into smaller steps.  For instance, if you want to lose ten pounds, try aiming for five first.

Acuff explains that we usually judge goal achievement psychologically in a pass or fail framework.  So, if we lose 8 pounds when our goal is 10 pounds, we feel like a failure and become discouraged instead of looking at the gains (pun intended) we have truly made by losing 8 pounds!

So, try losing five pounds first.  Then, try another five after that.

Think Time Purpose Planners are designed with this research-backed method of goal-achievement in mind.  Rather than only having daily, weekly, OR monthly time segments, all Think Time Purpose Planners contain the following: one yearly, four quarterlies, twelve monthlies, and fifty-two weeklies.  In addition, the Think Time process of Dream, Decide, Do and Review inherently encourages envisioning, editing and execution.

…So, you can dream big AND organize these dreams into manageable steps that boost your motivation to achieve them rather than dry up your energy.  With Think Time you take action and make traction with your smaller steps while keeping the big dreams in mind!

Christine Wilson

LPC, Co-Founder of Think Time

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Blog Highlights:

Approach your strategy for goal achievement in a way that works.  @thinktimetweets http://ow.ly/o3lS30f9F8M

The most effective goal achievement exercises take the pressure off. @authorjonacuff http://ow.ly/o3lS30f9F8M

Think Time’s process of Dream, Decide, Do and Review inherently encourages envisioning, editing and execution. @thinktimetweets http://ow.ly/o3lS30f9F8M

Dream big AND organize these dreams into manageable steps.  @thinktimetweets http://ow.ly/o3lS30f9F8M

With Think Time you take action and make traction with your smaller steps while keeping the big dreams in mind! http://ow.ly/o3lS30f9F8M

 

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