You Are Not A Snake: The Power Of Small Goals
Why do so many people fail to achieve their goals in life?
Well, probably the biggest reason is that most people don’t actually have written goals, because most people don’t actually know what they want out of life…
…or what makes them happy.
Due to the hectic nature of modern life, and between juggling family and work, it’s very easy to surrender your dreams, slip into the rut of a comfortable existence and live life on auto-pilot.
Here’s a little test to help you find out if this has happened to you.
Take out a piece of paper and a pen and spend 2 minutes jotting down answers to these 2 questions(1 minute to answer each question).
Don’t think too hard, and don’t aim for perfection. Just get something down for each question, stream-of-consciousness style.
- What makes you happy?
- What is your biggest, most important goal in life (your dream)?
You Are Not A Snake
I was first introduced to this concept by a guy called Brad Martineau, from Sixth Division, with regards to buisness planning and setting goals.
It’s beautifully simple and incredibly powerful.
You are not a snake means that you cannot swallow things whole. Instead, you must break down your goals into smaller chunks, or mouthfuls and eat them one at a time.
When we look at succesful people, celebrities, fitness models, athletes, millionaires, the media only shows us the finished product.
We see the world records, rippling six packs or business empires, and instantly we feel that there must be something special about these people and that we could never achieve the same results.
We only focus on the end result, the big goal, and forget about the years of blood, sweat and tears that went into achieving those goals.
The Power Of Small Goals
I want to let you in on a little secret.
These super-successful people are not snakes either.
They did not swallow the big goal whole. The difference between them and us is that they knew what the big goal was, (what they wanted out of life), and then they broke it down into smaller goals and started eating, one mouthful at a time.
And before they knew it, they’d eaten the whole cow.
Instead of setting yourself up for failure by only focusing on the end result (the whole cow) which seems impossible to attain for “normal” people, I want you to set yourself up for success by setting smaller goals, focusing on them one at a time and being very, very consistent.
To put this into practise and be truly “successful”, you have to know what makes you happy and what you want out of life, in the first place.
This is the territory of big goals (dreams) — like losing 5 stone, building a successful business, taking a year off to travel around the world with your family, or building space rockest like Elon Musk.
But, instead of trying to leap from point A (where you are now) to point B (where you want to be) in one go, you need to break your big goals down into smaller goals, bite-sized pieces that are easy to swallow.
Reverse engineer the big goals into as many smaller steps as it takes to make them seem realistic and achievable, and then start at the beginning, with step 1.
In this way you set yourself up for success by stacking smaller goals, one on top of the other until, before you know it, you’ve achieved your bigger goal and eaten the whole cow.
So what are you waiting for?
I want you to pick one big goal — right now — that you’ve always wanted to achieve, but have been putting off because it seems to big and daunting, out of reach or unrealistic.
Now I want you take out a piece of paper and reverse-engineer that big goal into a series of smaller steps (as many as it takes to make it seem realistic and achievable).
Keep reducing it until you have one small step that you can take right now to get the ball rolling.
Be consistent and be patient and focus on achieving those small goals, one at a time and ticking them off your list and see how quickly they add up and how successful you can be.
You’re a rock star!
If you want to lose 2 stone, rather than giving up because you feel intimidated by the amount and don’t know where to start, your fist two, small steps might be as easy as this:
- Making better food choices with these 5 tips
- Committing to do 20 minutes exercise on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (don’t worry too much about what you do, just get moving at a comfortable pace and build up gradually).
Set yourself up for success and remember that you are not a snake!
Let me know how you get on by leaving some feedback below and please share this article with anyone you think it might help.