I love dreaming about the future, but it seems like so often I get stuck in the dream and quickly lose touch of reality.
It’s easy to dream of finally moving forward with our goals, but it so much more difficult to actually gain traction and momentum moving forward.
Here’s what you need to do:
You need to take your big goal/dream and break it down into a couple projects that are easier to start.
This will help you feel less overwhelmed and to gain traction on milestones.
AND you’ll have direct feedback on what’s working and what isn’t.
And it’s truly not that difficult…
Together we’ll work through how to take goals that feel overwhelming and break them down into small enough pieces you might actually be able to do on your morning commute! (quick shout out to the wonders of podcasts)
In This Article
- Is Your End-Goal Valuable Enough?
- Break Down The Chunks
- The Easiest Way To Get Started
- How To Overcome Procrastination And Become A Motivation Master
- 4 Easy Steps To Any Project
Is Your End-Goal Valuable Enough?
Unfortunately, big goals don’t get accomplished overnight.
They require sustained effort and drive.
Long periods of slow work will create the results you’re looking for. Every other shiny object is a distraction that will rob you of your joy and energy.
So, to stick you your big goals and dreams, you have to ask one thing:
Is my goal valuable enough?
Before you pass by that quickly, take a second to really consider the value of your goal.
Here’s the catch though:
Don’t consider the value of the goal to other people. Consider how valuable it is to yourself.
Because motivation’s true source is from your internal desires and core values, not from the external motivation of what others want you to do or what you think you should be doing.
I see so many people working toward goals that they don’t find value in. They see how the goal is valuable for other people, but they simply don’t resonate with it.
And that’s ok.
Why should you spend your time and energy working towards something that doesn’t resonate with you?
For example, you don’t have to go to college just because your parents want you to. Or, just because you’re good at math doesn’t mean you have to be your church’s accountant. Or, just because you are good at business doesn’t mean you have to continue in corporate environments.
Let me lift a weight off of your shoulders really quickly:
You are not being called to serve every corner of the world and every situation you encounter. Your energy is limited. And you are potent when you can find and partner with the niche in the world that resonates with who you’re becoming (if you’re interested in this idea more, visit our free life purpose course).
Take some time for yourself and focus on what is truly valuable to you.
Where do you think your life has been leading and where could you be the most potent?
Is your goal valuable to you? Truly valuable to you.
If so, let’s continue to break it down and tackle it!
Break Down The Chunks
After you find a goal that is valuable enough to pursue (ie something that’s valuable to you and your partnership with moving culture forward), you have to start small.
Take your large goal and work backward.
If your dream is to start a business, it will feel completely overwhelming to try to raise money and create an LLC tomorrow.
Instead of starting with difficult work that will only discourage you, start small and break down the big task.
So, if you want to start a business, tomorrow you can start to do some research on that industry.
Then, you can assemble a team to brainstorm ideas.
Then, you can start to create a business plan, and so on.
You’ll never get started unless you break down the most intimidating tasks into things you can accomplish this week.
The Easiest Way To Get Started
By far, the easiest way to get started with any project is to first do research.
If you want to learn guitar, search for “what guitar should beginners buy” on YouTube.
If you want to become great at marketing, start listening to marketing podcasts.
If you want to serve economically depressed areas, Google volunteer opportunities around you.
There is a wealth of information at your disposal and researching the project you want to do with give you a massive advantage in starting.
Researching your project will help you:
- Decide if the project is really meaningful to you: do you love the work the project involves, or do you just love the idea of it
- Learn how others have succeeded with that project before you.
- Understand the roadmap to go from beginning to end.
- Start working toward your goal right now instead of next year: it’s so easy to watch YouTube videos, listen to a podcast, or buy a book. And that little bit of research will help you propel forward with your project (or it might save you time if you realize the project isn’t right for you after all)
How Overcome Procrastination And Become A Motivation Master
The biggest struggle you’ll face in starting a project is motivation.
Your mind will create so many excuses and reasons why you can’t and why you’re not good enough.
And you’ll have to push through them…
Here’s How To Push Through Moments of Demotivation
To push past the inner voice that keeps highlighting everything else other than your project, you’ll have to get in touch with your inner drives.
This is what we like to call internal drives: core values.
Core values are the deeply ingrained principles that guide and direct every single decision you make.
They’re the aspects of ourselves that we adopt and develop through our environment, experiences, and learning.
And core values will push your so much further than external motivation.
What do you think of when you hear “motivation”?
Most people think of epic speeches and energetic music.
Or they think of rewards and acclaim.
External motivation can only spur you on for a short period of time.
This is what we’re looking for:
Lasting and sustained energy and fervor that’s springs up from the well of desires and drives from within you.
Want to learn more? I wrote an article on how to create and cultivate the core values within you into lasting motivation here.
4 Easy Steps To Start Any Project
Quickly and easily, here’s how to start any project you’re facing.
If you’re like me, creating a complex plan is guaranteed to fail.
You need simple and clear steps to help you with your project.
1. Define Your Goal
Find a goal that’s worthy of your time… Do you resonate with it? Is it helpful to the progress of your culture?
2. Segment Your Milestones
Break down your big goal into small chunks and call them milestones.
Use those milestones to guide the habits you create and the people you surround yourself with. Maybe you make it a weekly habit to work on your project every Friday for 2 hours. Or maybe you realize you can delegate milestones to others instead of you doing all the work.
3. Execute Your Plan
Become relentlessly focused on the activities in your milestones, not on the results.
The results will take care of themselves if you focus on the activity at hand.
Don’t worry about everything being clean and polished. Only focus on results-generating activities and ignore all the other things that distract you away from your milestones.
4. Explore What’s Working
View everything you’re doing as an experiment or a game. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.
Have fun and watch what works. And do more of that.
If something doesn’t work, no problem. Change it and adapt until it starts to work again.
I exist to help people explore their identity and connect their unique story to culture. I’m an avid learner and am endlessly curious about the world around me (YouTube has taught me everything I know). When I’m not lost in a book, I’m usually brewing naturally-processed black coffee and picking up strange and unusual flavor notes.