How to Set Achievable Goals
To set achievable goals is to focus on the desired outcome and work it backwards. Identify where you’d like to be at the end of the quarter—or the day—and then the steps needed to get there.
The two kinds of goals we focus on in this episode are:
- Macro goals: monthly and quarterly
- Micro goals: daily and weekly
Macro goals are great for creating a future vision to work towards.
An example of a macro goal:
- Publishing your first fiction novel.
A a number of people in our audience have this goal, and that’s wonderful. But, publishing a novel–especially your first one–is a pretty big deal. It could take you months, or years, to finish the first draft alone.
On top of that, you have to then consider the costs, time, and energy involved in editing your book, getting it printed, and the marketing. When authors say that a book is a business – they’re not kidding! BUT…
This is where micro goals come in.
Set Micro Goals
Think of micro-goals as stepping stones. They help you break down a vision that might seem insurmountable. Micro goals allow you to track your progress and celebrate smaller milestones on your journey.
Using the publishing example, a micro goal could look like:
- In 3 months I will write 50k words.
Publishing a book can feel so far away. But writing 555 words today is extremely doable. If you keep writing that for 90 days, you’ll have around 50k done.
You want to set yourself up for success with real daily milestones to feel good about. On the days you don’t hit your mark you can easily course correct.
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Hey! I’m Devani, a multi-passionate creator who enjoys honing the craft of writing (mostly;)), photography, cooking, podcasting, learning about business, and growing brands. I’m the former co-host of the iCreateDaily Podcast with LeAura Alderson (my mom), and co-founded the iCreateDaily brand. I hope through the content and products we produce, you will be inspired to start, sustain, and succeed in your goals.
My non-business and artistic hobbies include: enjoying a good movie, discovering obscure but epic music, obsessing over The Beatles, and developing fictional stories in my head. My Maltese dog, Caspian, provides an insane amount of creative inspiration by just being his adorable self. #HeWokeUpLikeThat. 😉
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