Build big goal momentum with early wins

Success straight line, what people think it looks like. Success, really squiggly line, what it really looks like
“21 Steps to Success” by Bernard Goldbach, via Flickr Creative Commons is licensed under CC BY 2.0

If you want to reach your big hairy goal, you need to build momentum through early, small wins.

Your logic (and most definitely mine) would argue otherwise. Oftentimes, building momentum through early wins doesn’t seem efficient. It seems like a very long, continually twisting and bending curved path to success. The straight line to your big goal seems the most efficient.

But the reality is, it isn’t.

There is a reason that financial guru Dave Ramsey advocates for his debt snowball (paying smallest debts first vs. those with the biggest interest rates vs. paying down the one with the most interest first) plan. There is a reason that The First 90 Days advocates for early, quick wins in your first 90 days of a new job.

That reason is: Momentum

Or more specifically:

  • Building your confidence in you
  • Building others’ confidence in you
  • Building confidence in your big goal
  • Building others’ confident in your big goal
  • Starting the process of change with small steps
  • Having people see success in those small steps and be motivated by it

Big hairy goals are what we all need to reach for, but early wins, even if they aren’t directly on the path to the big goal, are what will get you there.

 

Photo: “21 Steps to Success” by Bernard Goldbach, via Flickr Creative Commons is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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