Importance of Micro Goals
As what life coach Tony Robbins had it, “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” Having goals is truly important towards achieving personal and professional success, and overall happiness. Unfortunately, many goals end up going down the drain. Why? I believe one of the major causes is the lack of urgency. We tend to think too much about where we will be in the future and not enough about what we have to do now to get there. Yes, it is important to visualize future success with our long-term goals but something needs to be done at the present to get there. There must be a tangible link between the future and the now.
Now what will that tangible link be? It’s simply your long-term goals broken down into smaller, more achievable goals or micro goals. Micro goals are task-specific goals and deal with everyday tasks that need to be done in order to achieve bigger goals.
Take a look at this:
Long-term goal: Lose 20 pounds in 60 days.
Short-term goal: Run 4 times a week, 4 miles each time.
Micro goal: Go to the gym and run at least a mile today. Then once you are finished with that first mile, your next milestone is to run another mile and go from there.
Micro goals break down a task into smaller chunks. For starters, running 4 miles may seem a bit daunting but running at least a mile each day seems more realistic. What micro goals do is push you to just start from single, tiny step leading you all the way up to your bigger goal.
Why it is Wiser to make Micro Goals
Goals are the best motivation there is. But sometimes they become too big and seem unrealistic we end up being scared to even try, worst we end up just forgetting about that goal and move on.
On the other hand, micro goals are sub goals – the ladder to your bigger goals. Micro goals ultimately give you constant reminders of what you must be doing every day to achieve your long-term goals.
Here are few more reasons why you should start incorporating micro goals in your everyday living.
Micro goals PUSH you to START NOW
Micro goals are about things that you CAN do now, not later or the distant future. It drives you to start doing and get the action done now. A single action done now when summed up yields to bigger returns. Consistency leads to success and if you are consistently working on your goals beginning with your micro goals, surely success awaits you.
Micro goals keep you on track
Sometimes goals are easier started but harder to complete. Micro goals serve as your constant reminder to get your ass off and move. It motivates you to stay in track and set your momentum. Once you get started and achieve your mini goal it gives you a sense fulfillment and further motivates you to keep going and moving forward.
Great towards having multiple goals
Many of us are guilty about having multiple goals that compete for the limited time we have. Multiple long term goals are confusion magnets and create time commitment conflict. They put pressure and cause stress. Micro goals break down big goals into small more manageable goals leading to multiple tasks accomplishment.
Micro goals drive you to set clear priorities
Micro goals focus on the present, imminent and urgent. It forces you to avoid the deadly act of procrastination and motivates you actually get something done. This in turn helps set your eyes to more important priorities. It brings you to a productive mindset – thinking about what you can do today in order to progress further and reach your ultimate goals.
How Micro Goals Leverage your Way to Success
Micro goal is about getting started now. That sense of urgency gets you to do the action and results to the gratifying sense of accomplishment which in turn does a great deal towards fueling your motivation and setting the momentum. Generally, micro goals set a roadmap leading you to achieve your goals. It keeps you going and sets your focus towards taking the next step.
I have managed to incorporate micro goals into my daily life and constantly get tasks done every day. It has brought me a great deal of success. If it works for me, it should work for you too. Why not give it a try and see the difference yourself.