BlogTuesday 05 Aug 2014

‘Journey’ to success comes from setting small goals often

Contestants on Reality TV shows like The Voice, X-Factor, Masterchef, The Biggest Loser and So You think you can Dance all seem to talk about their ‘journey’. What they are really doing is tracking their progress along the road to achieving their goals.

The word ‘journey’ has been used by many in this way.  For example, Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actor, Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) was, in his acceptance speech, ‘proud to share this journey’ with fellow nominees.

Heck, even Bill Gates talked about his ‘remarkable journey with Microsoft’  during a motivational speech to Harvard graduates.  

The term is now so overused that it is easy to lose sight of the fact that a journey involves starting in one place, taking lots of small steps, to end up in another. 

Almost there road sign

Take small steps often and you can achieve anything.

If you approach goal-setting like a journey, one step at a time (as this 2 ½ minute cartoon doodle shows), you’ll achieve success.

So, how do you work out what your goals are?

1. Think about what’s important to you? What do you value? What’s on your bucket list?

2. Once you’ve got a list put it in order: of what matters to you most, or of what you like to achieve first.

3. Then choose one item and work out a couple of small steps you can take to help achieve goal. For example, if changing careers is high on your list, then looking at what skills you’ll need, and choosing a course of study to gain them, might be a couple of steps you can take on that ‘journey’.

4. Focus your efforts on how you can achieve that first step, then the second, and before you know it your big, end goal is within sight.

In this way, you’ll build the confidence and self- belief that you can achieve anything!  

As Confucius once said,

“The person who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”

If you only see the mountain you may forget to start with the small stones and be defeated before you begin.

Set small goals on the road to achieving big ones and you’ll move in the right direction, on the ‘journey’ towards your dreams.