We’ve all got our own personal mountain tops. The goals that we’ve set ourselves that from the outlook seem nearly impossible to conquer.
I’m currently reading the book ‘The One Thing’ by Gary Keller, which has got me thinking…
What is the ‘one thing’ that you need to do that will subsequently make everything else fall into place and become easier? Even if the task itself isn’t that complicated, sometimes struggling to generate the motivation to get started can be enough to stifle your progress.
In ‘The One Thing’, Keller talks about breaking down your goals into long and short term, and how doing this turns each stage of your goal into a more manageable and less intimidating task. And this makes sense, if for example you had to write a book, the prospect of writing the whole thing in one sitting may be intimidating, but writing just one chapter at a time doesn’t feel like such a scary thing…
Once you’ve broken down the different stages of your goal, you can then consistently ask yourself questions about your progress to keep you on track with your overall target.
This process works in two parts
The first is about finding the right direction, and the second part is about chasing the right action.
For the first part, think about the big picture and identify what your overall goal actually is. What is the one thing that you want to do or achieve that you may have been putting off for a while? This can be anything from your career goals to a personal ambition that you have.
The second part of this process is more short-term and practical. You have to ask yourself questions that provide you with a small focus on what you can do right now to help you get to where you want. For example, making that phone call that you’ve been putting off, or signing up for that networking event that you find intimidating.
By repeatedly asking yourself these more focused and short-term questions, you will not only keep on target to your overall goal, but you will also find yourself taking actionable steps that all build on one another and provide you with the momentum to finally reach your mountain top!
So, what goals have you recently set yourself and what are you doing to achieve them?