How Mini-Goals Can Amount to Big Wins

Photo by  Samuel Zeller

Photo by Samuel Zeller

In the past few days, I've written a lot about goals and setting intentions. I know that I want to really dedicate myself to evolving into a stronger version of me through consistent self-care this year. But, that involves a lot of different things.

As New Year's Day dawned, I found myself feeling like I should do something big and sweeping and significant and ... specific. But, the truth is, I've been doing that for the entire holiday break through the very creation of this here web site. Today, I didn't feel like making some sort of epic gesture to the Universe that signified my commitment to bettering myself this year. Just thinking about figuring out and then executing whatever that thing turned out to be made me feel tired. It felt like a chore. In all honesty, all I really wanted to do today was just chill with my daughter before the madness of Real Life sets in again tomorrow.

Then it hit me that what feels the best to me is to start by taking small steps. So, I've decided to instate a series of mini-goals to last throughout the year. Yes, on a daily basis I will do my best to carve out time for self-care, but I also want to develop some core habits throughout the course of 2018. Enter, the mini-goals: little projects and habits that I will work on incorporating on a monthly basis. 

Starting with January: This month, my goal is to be intentional about drinking my eight glasses of water a day.

It's not a particularly exciting or sexy goal, but it's a little thing I can do that I know will make me feel healthier, both physically and mentally. It's also a way of remembering to remember myself throughout the day. Going into January, I already know it's going to be a whirlwind of a month, that includes several quick turn-around projects, visitors, and travel. In other words, it will be an easy month to forget about myself. 

The beauty of mini-goals (and, by the way, these mini-goals should, by nature, not be complex) is that, once we pull them off, we feel a sense of confidence, achievement, and renewed dedication to ourselves. They make the next mini-goal seem that much easier to conquer. Think about it like this: the way we finish a marathon is through a series of small strides, right? On their own, these individual steps may not seem like much, but string them together and you've got a monumental milestone under your belt. Of course, the inverse is also true. If we're focused on the finish line, but don't bother training, we're setting ourselves up to fail.

To keep myself accountable, I'll report in on this first mini-goal at the end of January, and continue to let you know what my monthly mini-goals are throughout the rest of the year. If this idea resonates with you, let me know how you're going to incorporate mini-goals into your own life!

Click here for more tips and ideas about setting goals and intentions.