by- Tom Kubrak
Sometimes we just want to do so much in our lives that we overwhelm ourselves with simply… doing too much. We can avoid that overwhelmed feeling, which usually leads us to A Slump, by doing just one thing at a time.
Of course we have our big audacious goals, and that’s important, but by making those big audacious goals we often don’t realize that it takes setting smaller goals to lead up to the climax.
So have those big goals but in the meantime, set some small goals that will lead up to the big goal overtime.
As a lover of movies, I enjoy watching a long film because each scene is crucial to the final conclusion of the movie. Without them, the audience wouldn’t understand the last scene. If you see a good film, you notice that each scene flows into each other smoothly and leads up to the “climax” keeping you on the edge of your seat throughout the entirety of the film.
This is where the snowball effect comes into play…
Dave Ramsey, who is a renowned entrepreneur and financial guru created The Debt Snowball(https://www.daveramsey.com/blog/how-the-debt-snowball-method-works). The purpose of the debt snowball is to concentrate on small debts first, knock them out, and then move onto the bigger one. It’s about creating momentum.
You can’t climb the mountain all at once. Plus, you can’t fall down the mountain as quickly as you’d think(sticking to the theme). These things take time.
Creating the Goal Snowball
1. Write down The Big Goal that will be your priority.
2. Write down 2 other side goals that you want to accomplish but won’t be your priority.
3. Write down 3 goals that will help you get to the first goal that you set
4. Set a timeline on when you want to accomplish The Big Goal and the 3 goals that will lead to The Big Goal. Write down the exact date.
5. Pick one goal as your priority, It’s okay to work on other things, but these 1 goal is your priority and when you get stuck just go back to the one small goal you set for yourself and ask yourself, “Have I completed that goal yet?” If not… you have your answer and you can get grounded again.
6. Each week write down 3 goals that you want to accomplish during that week
7. Each day write down 3 goals that you want to accomplish that will hopefully lead to accomplishing those three goals you set at the beginning of the week
To get another perspective on creating “The Goal Snowball” and momentum in your life check out Brendan Baker’s post on Life Hack, https://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/3-must-do-strategies-for-building-momentum-in-life.html
Of course, life happens and sometimes you have pick up some other projects and set some more goals. As an entrepreneur too, there’s a lot of projects I want to launch but have yet to do so. The structure here though, if you use it, is about keeping yourself grounded and your mind on the prize. Which is that one Big Hairy Audacious Goal which was coined by author Jim Collins in his book Built to Last.
“While it may seem small, the ripple effects of small things is extraordinary.” -Anonymous
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