Start Small

I’ve been talking a lot about goals lately – setting your intention, figuring out your why, making your plan, and going for it.

But what if I told you that you don’t have to accomplish everything all at once? That you can start small, and that’s okay. In fact, in my post Starting with The Why, I talk about the old adage of eating the elephant one bite at a time.

And that’s exactly it.

Small actions make big inroads towards accomplishing major item on your list.

In fact, numerous studies show that starting small might make it easier to reach the goals you set.

I’m of the school of thought that gradual changes are easier to stick to than trying to do everything all at once.

Earlier, I committed on my public social channels to three major goals. They’re big. They have significance to me. And they’re going to be amazing when I realize them. But, they’re going to take time. For each one listed, I have a schedule, a plan, and a small commitment I’ve made each day towards achieving them.

Here they are (along with my why for each) in no order of importance:

  1. I am going to run another marathon. Why? Because the personal satisfaction that comes with doing something physically and mentally demanding is unlike any other feeling. And the discipline it takes to stick with a long-term training program is good for me
  2. I’m going to make a bigger commitment to growing my BeachBody coaching business. Why? Because I saw great results from quality fitness and nutrition programs. But, bigger than that, during some pretty significant personal challenges over the past couple of years, exercise and a commitment to a fitness routine kept me, well, for lack of a better word, sane. There is a financial why to this one as well. I truly believe in the economic power of women, and the need to have a means to support myself beyond my 9 to 5
  3. I’m going to grow my career, and continue to grow my personal brand. Why? Because I’m not quite where I want to be professionally yet, and I know I have room to grow, learn, and progress. I need to stay engaged in something I love – and learning, and challenging myself will keep me going. It comes back to personal satisfaction. I love what I do, so I want to know that I took every opportunity to be great at it when I look back over my career

I’m planning to eat three elephants this year. One bite at a time.

Share with me! How are you planning to accomplish your big goals this year?

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