Pablo Picasso once said, “Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act”.
Profound words from an artist who reached the top of his field. But, there is something we can take from this in our own goals, be that for health, work, finances or relationships.
Setting a goal is the first step, what do you want? Creating a time frame to reach that goal is the next step, “I want to run 10km by the end of March”. Be specific here, it is important to create some time pressure (just a little). Finally, break down the daily, weekly and monthly steps and milestones you need to achieve this goal.
Setting a goal without this daily/weekly plan, is more like dreaming of what you would like. To achieve it, we must put in place a plan. “I will start running 1km twice a week, and every 3rd week I will up it by 1km. Then in 9 weeks, I will have achieved my goal of running 10km.
It’s also important not to give up. If you have a bad day or week, that’s fine, that’s normal. But don’t throw in the towel. Hit reset, and get back on the “horse”. Keep chipping away, taking small steps, and they will lead to big strides.