Why You Should Set Tiny Goals
Yes, I talk a lot about big, crazy goals. Goals that push you to become greater than you ever dreamed of becoming.
Sometimes, those big, crazy goals are ideal. Especially, if they are long-term goals.
However, sometimes, big goals aren´t going to work. Sometimes, they are intimidating. They make you feel overwhelmed. And they make it more likely for you to quit all together, than to try your best.
At those times, tiny goals are better.
So tiny, that you can barely call them goals.
They are sneaky though, those tiny goals, because I promise you, they will bring you progress. They will move you forward. And they will make you ready for those bigger goals.
Depending on your focus, those goals can look something like:
- Rolling out your mat and laying on it. And if you feel ready, doing a down dog.
- Meditating for two minutes, every day.
- Closing your eyes, and taking five deep breaths during lunch break.
- Jogging a few hundred meters, when you come home from work.
- Putting your workout clothes on, when you wake up.
- Drinking one glass of water in the morning.
- Going to sleep ten minutes earlier than the night before.
- Waking up ten minutes earlier than the morning before.
- Thinking of one thing you are grateful for before you go to sleep.
The possibilities are endless. Point is this:
- Think of a big goal you´d like to be achieving, and you know is a bit to much for you at the moment.
- Create a tiny goal, that is about 5-10% of the big goal.
- Make it so tiny that it feels ridiculous not to do.
- So tiny that there is very little effort needed to do it.
- Tiny enough for you to do it every day.
- And then, do it every day. Make a habit of it.
I will give you an example.
I set a goal to meditate for 20 minutes every day. That goal worked for some time, and then it became too much for me. Because I was so focused on the meditation being 20 minutes, a long time went by before I started again, and I kept losing my practice.
Then, I tried another approach. I decided to meditate for 10 minutes, instead of 20. On busier days, I meditated for 7 minutes. And yesterday, I meditated for 2 minutes.
Which is more important then? That I meditate consistently, every day? Or that I do a long meditation every time?
I have come to realize that for me, the habit is more important, than the time spent meditating.
Because of that change in perspective, I´ve meditated for more consecutive days now than I have for months. And it feels amazing.
By keeping a tiny habit, you feel that you have accomplished something.
You become motivated the more you accomplish.
It is much easier to start running, if you are already walking, than if you are sitting on your sofa, far away from your sneakers.
It is much easier to keep moving, than to start moving.
It will be a great accomplishment if you reach your tiny goal.
And by starting and accomplishing, some days you might be motivated to do a little bit more. To keep meditating for a bit after the alarm rings. To do a warrior flow along with your down dog.
By keeping your goals tiny, you are going to reach them, most of the time.
You will feel that you have accomplished what you set out for yourself.
And you will know, every day, that no matter how tiny your goal is, you will do enough.
Slowly, your tiny goal might grow a little bigger.
And no matter what, you will do enough. You will be enough.
What tiny goals are you working on right now?