Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Anatomy of a Goal

Angie here: Have you ever thought through the anatomy of a goal? Torn it apart to find out what it's made of?

Goals are surprisingly simple. I think like Paul Bunyan, it grows and grows in our minds until the goal is so big it can't possibly be real.

The anatomy of a goal is real, a goal not a pipe dream. So how can you tell the difference in a measurable goal and something impossible to achieve? You break it down and take it apart.

Anatomy of a Goal:
Overview-big picture and what it looks like completed.
Monthly view-twelve major parts divided out and doable in a month.
Weekly view-week by week level to reach the monthly expectation.
Daily-tasks in bite size increments.
Hourly-sometimes we have to look at the smallest task and get that done. It gives us confidence that repeat performance will move us forward.

I still sing the little ditty from an old Christmas show when the character was afraid. It made such an impact on me as a child that success isn't measured at the big overview level. It's made one step at a time.

"Put one step in front of the other, and soon you'll be walking 'cross the floor. Put one step in front of the other, and soon you'll be walkin' out the door."

When I broke down my goal of two books at 90K words in a year, it turned out to be 495 words a day. It's doable.

How about you?

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