Are Small Goals Better Than Larger Ones?


Is there some area of your life where you would like to make significant change? If so, you certainly are not alone. Plenty of people would like to create real, lasting change in their lives. Rather than taking baby steps that end up in a desired result, many strive to take one large step that brings about massive change.

There is nothing wrong with this way of thinking, especially if you have been listening to any of the famous self-help gurus or life coaches. They talk about “going big or going home”, and “thinking big”. So it is natural that you may have set some large and significant goal in your life, and you are taking steps to achieve it.

Goal-setting should always be applauded. Many people go through life stumbling through their existence, with no particular destination in sight. If you have established a goal, small or big, congratulations are in order. However, if you have carved out some gargantuan goal that you expect to achieve, you might be hindering your progress by doing so.

Small, Frequent Rewards Reaffirm Your Direction

Have you heard of the philosophy of “small wins”? This involves setting yourself up for smaller, daily successes, rather than taking action which requires a much longer period of time before you achieve the desired result.

This works because of the way your brain works.

Your mind rewards taking action on a plan. Your brain craves order, so when you tell it you want to accomplish something, then you take steps to reach that goal, and you succeed, feel-good chemicals are released by your brain. These endorphins and hormones cause feelings of positivity and self-esteem.

When you break a larger goal down into smaller pieces, your daily “small win” successes mean a constant dose of pleasurable hormones and chemicals.

Subconsciously, you recognize how good you feel because of your sense of accomplishment. You want to feel that way again. When you continue to achieve smaller, bite-sized goals on a daily basis, you baby step your way to a larger goal realization, with frequent, daily feelings of success and well-being, as well as a boosted self-image.

This is science, not opinion.

There are plenty of studies which show breaking a bigger goal down into smaller, more frequently achievable pieces leads to a much higher success rate. Rather than waiting for a year or 5 years or 10 years to be successful, you are rewarded with positively encouraging daily or weekly success milestones.

When your rewards come frequently, there is a much greater likelihood you will stay on the path to your larger goal achievement. Big goals are good things. When you realize them, you have created some significant change in your life. When you re-size your big goal into a group of smaller, more easily achieved mini-goals, finally benefiting from massive change is much easier to realize.


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