Aiming big but appreciating the hits along the way

POSTED: 05-09-2014 IN: Your Weekly Weapon With David Farbman

The successful people I admire all share one thing: they know what they want.  They set big goals, make outrageous demands and go out and take their targets.  From the outside, it might seem simple or that maybe they know something you don’t.  Goal setting is both an empowering and frustrating task, as it both flatters and confuses your ego in a constant war of “Yes I can” vs. “Why hasn’t it happened yet?”

Life is a game of balance in business, relationships, and hunting. You need to always be aiming for a trophy that’s just out of range yet appreciating the wins along the way.  I like to set big goals, aspirational targets that are seemingly unreachable until I break them down in to bite-sized chunks, chipping away at them daily until the big goal is right in front of me.

What I find most important is to check in periodically with all the small goals and refer back to those successes as I work my way to the aspirational targets.  Each step on a journey is as valuable as the next; it’s all getting you where you need to go.

Say your goal is to get out of debt. You look at everything you owe and it seems insurmountable.  Rather than looking at it as “I need X amount of dollars over Y amount of time to achieve this goal,” think of what you need to do in this week or this month.  At the end of each smaller time frame, take a moment to appreciate what you have accomplished, rather than beating yourself up about what you have yet to do.  Celebrate the small stuff, embrace every opportunity for success and your goals won’t seem so far away.

When we aspire beyond the targets we used to think were our ceilings, we start seeing the winning trails.  And if there is someone in your life struggling with their goals, be a champion for the steps on their journey and a reminder that life is a series of small wins that add up to success.


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