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The Positive Effects of Setting Mini Goals

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What is the last goal you set?

Honestly.

Perhaps a better question would be; When was the last time you set a goal?

This year I haven’t set big long-term goals. Instead, I’ve set very small, mini goals.

The idea being that mini-goals will teach me different skills by exploring a concept deeper and in a way you learn from experience by doing the activity (instead of learning from someone else) – whilst achieving something along the way that fit with my very long term vision of what I might like to do in the future.

Here’s a short list of just a few mini-goals I’ve set and accomplished this year (2019);

  • Write 300 words a day 5 days a week for a month
  • Go on a 14 day strict keto diet and monitor the results each day
  • Create 20 self-to-camera videos
  • Learn the basics of video editing in Premiere Pro
  • Start a YouTube channel and learn the best practises from content creators
  • Re-brand my primary business with clarity and purpose
  • Launch an affordable online course to help the people who can’t afford my agency services
  • Complete my garden
  • Complete the outdoor alfresco and re-furnish

Some of these mini-goals dovetail and compliment each other. Some are totally unrelated but are important to me. Some are for the benefits of others and are a big blessing to them that I have done it.

Each mini-goal has been a simple, short task and challenge that hasn’t been overwhelming, but it has stretched me to behave differently and to follow through with my commitment.

Some mini goals are very different in nature to the others.

My garden for example has been a longer project as I can only complete a portion each weekend.

Some weekends were filled with planting. Some pruning. Some digging. Some laying stepping stones. Some mulching. More planting. Digging. More digging. A FREAKING LOT OF DIGGING.

This was a goal to build on each activity to complete a big-picture.

Whereas the goal to shoot a face-to-camera video was much easier. Set up the room (15 minutes) then shoot a few times to get the best take. Then rinse and repeat the process 20 times and learn from the repetition.

Both goals created the desired outcome but the work was very different in nature.

Making the commitment to them was also very important. Without committing to them for a designated period, I wouldn’t have kept to the task.

For example;

There were times when writing was being done at 11.30pm – because I had no other time when I could do it. In fact, all but one of those mini-goals has been done after hours and has meant I’ve had to curb my habit of watching TV/YouTube in order to achieve the goal.

Some days I didn’t want to write. But I had made the commitment.

The commitment to the mini goal drove me.

AND IT HAS BEEN WORTH IT.

Right now, I feel like a snowball growing in size and gaining momentum.

Like these mini-goals have helped me progress further towards some future goal that I’m not even aware of yet.

It’s forced me to get creative.

In fact, the goals have forced me to use my creative energy and improve in my speech, thoughts, visible behaviours and more. Something I didn’t even know would happen as a consequence of setting the goal in the first place.

I see these mini goals now as a way of making a micro-commitment. It’s only for a short period of time.

I suppose it’s like sober October for a lot of people. Some would find 31 days of being sober as a very difficult challenge. It requires you to be mindful of your habits. It requires you to think in alternative ways. For the whole month you’ve chosen to behave differently. It might create a new you. Something you didn’t think you would enjoy but fell in love with something new. Something unseen. Some untapped passion. Some greater clarity.

My mini goals have shown me that I can do what I put my mind to.

Now the only thing left for me to do is choose what else I will put my mind to and run with it.

Mini goals.

Massive change.

Momentum.