Going Short

I love this blog. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed myself today, and this was just what I needed to prioritize. I hope it helps you, too. – Debra

Steve Scanlon / Rewire

There is a time for thinking through and writing down a long-term vision for your life and for your business. Without such vision, life can get murky. But there is also a time to lay in front of you some short-term goals.

Sometimes it is good to step back and commit yourself to something that you will do this week or even just today. There are many benefits to setting shorter term goals.

Here are a few reasons why you might choose to focus on a short-term goal:

1. You feel yourself in a funk. Now, I couldn’t endeavor to describe in general terms how “funks” impact people because they seem to come in many flavors. But funks happen, and when they do, it could be a good time to think of smaller goals. Doing something more attainable can give you the boost of confidence you need to rise out of the funk.

2. You feel overwhelmed. This could probably describe 90% of our population today. The spirit of overwhelmness is running rampant. When you are in this mindset, the big picture can feel so big that it only fuels the sense of overwhelmness. There is a time to come off the mountain and be closer to the ground. This is another good time to think through specific shorter goals.

3. You need to re-gain momentum. Often we simply need to get some mojo going again when our larger goals seem far away and our efforts feel like a tiny drop in a big bucket. I have found one of the best ways to do this is to set your sights on some smaller, simpler goals and go after them. To take down a few of these is to regain some lost momentum and that may be just what you need to get you back on track.

If a shorter-term goal is right for you today, do not tarry. Don’t over think it. Just hit it.

Don’t buy the lie that a little is not enough, because it could be exactly enough today. Make that call, write that note, finish that small project.

Tomorrow, when you’re out of your funk, less overwhelmed, and feeling the pull of momentum, you can get back to the pursuit of your long-term goals. In fact, you may find you’ve inched that much closer to the big picture.

Coach Steve

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