So earlier this year I set a bunch of goals and published them on this site. Since then, I’ve already accomplished or made serious progress on all of them.
I’ve learned a few things from this and I want to share some of them. This may not be entirely new, but they are new to me … and hopefully will help you accomplish your own goals.
Create Rewards for Every Baby-Step You Make Toward Your Goals
In the past, I would create one big reward for accomplishing any given goal. For example, if I were able to build my business by X% over the course of a year, I would set a reward of a new car or a vacation.
The problem was that I couldn’t look at that goal every day and stay excited about accomplishing it a year from now. And also, the reward might be something that I would lose interest in after a few months.
The new car example is perfect because if you know me, I’m not really a big fan of new cars because they seem like such a waste of money. I won’t go into the details of why I don’t like the idea of buying new cars when your current car gets your from point A to point B without any problem, but the bottom line is that I would always set a goal with some kind of product as a reward, and halfway to achieving it, I would lose interest in the product.
The other problem that I have experienced with setting huge goals that might take a year to accomplish is that it would often seem impossible. Like taking my business from 10,000 to 100,000/month in revenue. The amount of work it takes to accomplish that goal makes me LOSE my motivation, because it seems like I’ll be working on it forever.
But by breaking goals down into baby steps … things I can actually accomplish in a single week … my motivation has soared. This has been especially true of goals that have a short term, smaller reward attached to them.
The most powerful example of this has been my income goals. Income goals never worked for me in the past, but what I have done is break down my income goal into tiny increments that are achievable within a single week.
Right now, my goal is to increase my personal income by $250/month … every single week. So every month, I have 4 goals that need to be accomplished. And each of these goals have a reward attached to them.
Here were my goals and rewards over the last four weeks:
- +$250/month income – Men’s Health & Entrepreneur Mag Subscription ($40)
+$250/month income – New Computer Glasses ($65) & Vaporizer ($170)
+$250/month income – New Headset for Phone ($32) & 8GB Ram for Laptop ($64)
+$250/month income – Shoot machine guns at Nashville Armory ($200)… still working on this one
The result of these four mini goals is a monthly income increase of $1,000. That might not sound like a lot, but it was not hard to accomplish these goals because I just had to figure out how to make an extra $250/month four times. And if I keep going down this path, I’ll add an extra $12,000/month in income in 12 months.
Now imagine that my goal was to raise my income by $10,000/month by the end of the year. How the hell am I supposed to make an extra $10,000/month without doing a tons of sales, coming up with new products and services for my business, launching a dozen marketing campaigns, etc!?!
If I had tried that route, I would probably have just bought all those toys along the way without attaching the accomplishment of a goal to them.
So here’s my point …
By attaching mini-rewards to mini-goals, the outcome is that you will still get to your big goal, but your motivation will stay high every step of the way.
Next month, I’m going to apply this same thing to my health goals. Specifically, I’m going to apply mini rewards to mini weight loss goals. Like “every pound of weight loss = some small reward.” So stay tuned.
I hope this tip helps your own goals. I have ADHD so staying motivated and avoiding procrastination is very hard, but this is working brilliantly.
What do you think? Do you have mini goals with mini rewards for yourself? Have you found other ways of accomplishing big goals and staying motivated?