Having goals is important. It is important to achieving personal and professional success, and overall happiness. But sadly, many goals go unaccomplished. In my opinion, one of the major causes of failed goals is the lack of urgency. When setting goals, we tend to think too much about where we will be in the future and not enough about what we need to do now to get there.And while it is important to visualize future success with our long-term goals, something needs to be done at the present to get there. There needs to be a tangible link between the future and the now. In come micro goals.
Micro goals are simply your long-term goals broken down into everyday mini-goals, or mini-milestones. They can also be seen as subgoals. Micro goals are extremely specific—they are task-specific goals and deal with everyday tasks that need to be done in order to achieve bigger goals.Here is what a micro goal looks like when its broken down from its larger goal:
Long-term goal: Lose 20 pounds in 60 days.
Short-term goal: Run 4 times a week, 4 miles each time.
Micro goal: Get 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. Then another. Then another.
What micro goals do is break down any task into smaller steps (or chunks as Zig Ziglar puts it). A goal of running 4 miles today is a short-term goal. But what a micro goal does is that it breaks down those 4 miles into smaller chunks so that it will push you to just start—and to keep going once you’ve started. While 4 miles may not seem like much to seasoned marathon runners, it is a mountain for those who are uninitiated.
Lars Draeger, in his book Navy Seal Training Guide: Mental Toughness attributes setting micro goals as one of the primary reasons 25% of SEAL candidates have the mental strength and positive mindset to get through the rigorous training regimen to become full-fledged SEALS. If SEALS think it is important to their success, everyone should be doing it.
Why Micro Goals?
A goal to ‘start profitable business in one year’ can be pretty scary. Where would you even start? But breaking that goal down into chunks of smaller goals makes it a lot more manageable. For instance, here is a list of some micro goals that you can do today that will help you in your goal of starting a profitable business in one year:
- Submit paperwork for business registration
- Get a domain name for business website
- Research wholesale prices
- Conduct target demographic survey
- Get bids from web designers
These micro goals are subgoals for your goal of starting a profitable business. And that is what a micro goal ultimately does; it serve as constant reminders of what you must do each and every day in order to achieve your goals. With that said, here are a few reasons why you should incorporate micro goals into your everyday life.
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