Here's the primary reason we don't achieve our goals: we try to bite off too much at once.
When we were children, we tried to eat a large portion of our favorite food in one bite. Our mothers gave us these instructions:
- Take one small bite.
- Chew it completely.
- Swallow it.
- Repeat, until your plate is empty.
Fast forward to the present. We're adults now, right? We're facing a goal. We find ourselves trying to accomplish the entire goal in one gigantic step. Big surprise: we don't succeed.
The key to achieving a goal is to remember our mothers' advice:
- Break the goal into a prioritized list of activities. Each activity has a deliverable, a due date and an accountable person.
- Work only on the next activity.
- Complete it.
- Repeat, until your goal has been achieved.
Now, call your mother and tell her she was right after all.