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How to Use Short Term Goals to Help You Achieve Long Term Goals

We all have long term goals, but sometimes because it’s so far away, it can create problems.

This is where we can break down the short term goals and use them as leverage to get your long term goals from a dream to reality.

  1. Short-term goals make it easier to feel motivated to achieve things. For example, if your goal is to get 50,000 steps a week, you can make it achievable by setting a daily goal of 10,000 steps for 5 days a week. On the other hand, if you have a long term goal of being fit, it may never happen if you don’t break it down into short term goals.
  2. Short-term goals help to reduce procrastination. For instance, when you use a calendar to schedule a date and time to accomplish your goal, you increase the chances of a successful outcome.
  3. Short-term goals make the process more enjoyable because they can be used as achievement points along the path to your long-term goals. For example, if you would like to sell 100 books in one year, you can take the time to celebrate with family and friends each time that you sell 10 books. Now, you only have 90 more books to go to hit your 100 book sales goals.
  4. Short term goals keep you focused on your ‘why’ when you feel unmotivated. No matter what you will meet obstacles along the way, but what will keep you going? I believe you need to make a list of 10 why’s that matter to you, and then make them strong with conviction. When you need motivation, take a look at your why to keep moving forward.

I believe that when we use our short term goals to propel us toward the long term goals, it will limit stagnation when obstacles get in the way. As you track your progress each week, you can gauge if the time you have for your goals is unrealistic and decide whether or not you need to make changes.

I believe our short term goals can help us not only achieve our long term goals but also enjoy the process along the way.

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