I sit here staring at a blank document trying to articulate what I am trying to convey. While I do, a younger version of myself appears before my mind. I see myself in my early 20s and what my values were at the time. It kind of makes me smile.
In our youth, we sometimes fall for what the media’s version of success is. I know I did. I valued having more of an item, not the quality of the item. I valued big huge accomplishments, not the steps taken to achieve those accomplishments. But it is within those steps that we learn valuable lessons. If we are not careful, those small lessons will be forgotten, and your huge accomplishment will be short lived. You will get there, but you will be unable to maintain it.
That is the purpose driven behind this article. Most people look at the end goal. However, in order to achieve the end goal, it has to be broken down to smaller, bite size goals.
Why is it important to simplify?
Have you ever had a large task to tackle? How did it make you feel? Most of us feel overwhelmed when a daunting task comes around. These feelings then turn into uncertainty and the little voice in your head saying “This is impossible.” If you lack skills to break down large tasks, then these feelings will lead you to avoid the task altogether. With a little persistence, and determination, you are able to get to the end result with the skills acquired in this article.
Little steps make big goals happen. Starting off with smaller goals and reaching those milestones, give you feelings of pride and accomplishments. This should then fuel your determination to get to your next milestone, and then the next. Before you know it, you have a long trail of small accomplishments behind you and, to be honest, you don’t even know how you got to your end goal. All you do know is the lessons you have learned along the way.
Be aware of over celebration of smaller milestones. There have been instances in which individuals become content with the smaller milestones and sort of live in their self admiration. This is counterproductive. Remember your end goal and where you want to be. Seeing things through will give you the ultimate sense of accomplishment. Self admiration is short lived, while admiration of others gives you a legend-like persona.
What are some examples of simplicity leading to big goals?
Have you ever had admiration for professionals around you? You saw them in their respectable positions and for a moment imagined yourself in their place? They are the ultimate masters of breaking down big goals into smaller steps. Obtaining a college degree requires large sacrifice. Time is spent in books, and less with friends and family. Money and resources go to obtaining college materials in order to get the best of an education. Responsibility is to the goal itself, with not much room for other responsibility.
Huge business corporations started with nothing more than an idea. After the idea, came the planning stages in order to get to the end goal. Buying a home requires fixing your credit in order to get a good mortgage loan with a decent interest rate that won’t leave you bankrupt. Starting a family and settling down first requires you to find a spouse that you will love unconditionally through the hardest times, and when beauty fades. Even essay and article writing requires the formation of good content, and an outline of how to execute.
How do we simplify?
The formula to any type of success is never as simple as people tend to think. There are things in this life that require a lot of hard work and sacrifice. However, managing simple and smaller tasks is a sure way that leads to the accomplishment of larger goals.
Yaritza Ellison has been an nurse since 2010. She has been essential to the healing process of many and seeks to continue to do so. Her passion for mental health and self help literature has lead her to launch justyari.org, where she aspires to coach young ladies navigating through work-life balance.