Not that long ago I write on this blog about the importance of setting very short term goals. I spoke about how to put together a string of small victories that would lead to larger victories.
The “No Soda” Goal
I started taking that advice 3 weeks ago. I set a goal to eliminate soda and juice from my diet. I don't drink alot of soda, but wanted it gone as a symbol of my resolve.
Setting the Short-term Goal
I started out by setting a goal to drink nothing but water for an entire day. I went to work making that a reality. After one day of just water I changed the goal to be that I would only drink water and I'd drink at least 1 gallon. When that wa accomplished I just kept adding another day to the original goal. I am now 3 weeks in and I have not had any soda at all.
This approached helps tackle temptation. Anytime I feel like drinking soda I remind myself that I just need to make it to the end of the day to accomplish my goal. I then have the resolve to make it all the way. There is simply less temptation with this approach because you can always make it to the end of the day. Imagine what it would be like mentally if you had to last another 4 days?
Victories Strung Together
By taking the small victories and stringing them together you achieve bigger things. It happens without you realizing it.
Help yourself out today and set smaller goals. Your achievement percentage will climb as a result.