Take Baby Steps Towards Your Goals (New Year, New You –Part 3)
Do you ever find yourself down the “if” road when thinking about your goals? If I had more time, I would do it. If I had more money, I could afford it. If I knew more about it, I could accomplish it.
I wonder how many goals get pushed aside because too many people have the mentality that it’ll take too long, cost too much, or be too difficult.
I’ve been guilty of having that mentality. Continuing to think that way is a waste of your life. I do not believe we were put here to spend each day on auto-pilot. Instead of giving yourself excuses for not reaching your goals, start asking yourself what baby steps you can take to overcome the challenges that are holding you back.
Let’s turn those conditional statements we started with into actionable statements.
FIND THE TIME
Can you spare 20 minutes somewhere in your day? Spending 20 minutes each day to work on your goal is progress. Maybe that means you spend 20 minutes reading your Bible, writing your book, or studying what you need to learn. Can you get up 20 minutes earlier? Can you use 20 minutes during your lunch hour? Can you take 20 minutes before you go to bed? Do you have a 20-minute commute to work that can be used to listen to an audio book, language, or podcast? Analyze how you spend your day and find 20 minutes you can take from something less important than your goal.
SAVE THE MONEY
I know from personal experience how easy it is to spend a few dollars on whatever you want in the moment over saving it for your goal. A few dollars don’t seem to matter when your goal is a few thousand, right? Wrong. It matters. Every little bit adds up and gets you closer sooner. So, put down that caramel macchiato. Skip that fountain drink. Say no to the guacamole. (I know, gasp!) And start putting that money towards that goal. Get a jar or some sort of container to put your extra change in. If you don’t use cash, then consider setting up a separate account for that goal money and make a weekly transfer. You can do it!
Maybe you haven’t started that business, blog, or project because you don’t know enough yet. Well, start learning. Can you take a night class? Are there How To videos you can watch online? Is there an app you can download? Start learning what you need to know one step at a time. Maybe you know someone who can teach you part of what you need to know. Reach out and ask for help. There are plenty of resources available for learning. Pick one and start.
I know that baby steps can be frustrating. It seems like one little step at a time will take way too long. Ask yourself this: Would you rather get there in a few years or never get there at all?
Take baby steps and celebrate the small victories as you work your way towards your goal.
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3