Achieving the unachievable
In almost every line of business and every workplace, so much emphasis is put on hitting goals and KPI’s that quite often the end goal is forgotten…
Don’t get bogged down in the detail!
For the past 6 months, I have been training for something that I never thought possible – participating in a boxing match. Actually fighting another human being under a strict set of rules with an audience looking on.
Whilst this started out as a personal challenge of mine, completely separate from my work life, I have learned a lot about setting goals and what it takes to achieve them.
When I first started this journey, the end goal (which is 6 minutes in a boxing ring in front of 1,000 people) seemed like it was a million miles away and felt completely unachievable!
But, by setting smaller, more realistic milestones along the way, the end goal no longer feels how it did in the beginning. It now feels very much like a reality, and now that I’m nearly at the end of this journey and have some perspective, I’ve realised that it was a lot easier to get to than I thought.
Get in the right mindset!
This mindset can be used in many different parts of your life, especially your professional one.
Work out what your end goal is, and then work backwards from there. Break down the task into manageable chunks and think realistically about how much work will be required to complete each one.
For example, if your end goal is to be promoted, then you need to work out exactly what you need to do to get there and break it down into too much smaller segments. Focus on hitting each individual task rather than rushing straight towards the end.
Once you do this, the task at hand doesn’t seem so big and your end goal will feel much more achievable.