4 Benefits of Breaking Your Great Goals Down Into “Tiny” Targets

If you ever decide to eat an elephant—which would be quite a great goal—you would need to eat it one bite at a time. But to do that easily, you’ll need to chop that elephant into small, bite-size pieces.

If you ever intend to run from New York to Los Angeles—another great goal—you would need to travel the distance a few kilometers at a time. To do that, you’ll need to break the course down into shorter intervals.

Great goals are achieved one step at a time. That is, they must be broken down into smaller, bite-size chunks—which don’t all have to be the same size.

Like cutting up a chicken into its pieces (e.g. chicken legs, wings, and back), all your tiny targets don’t necessarily have the same length and don’t necessarily require the same effort. Your great goals can be broken down in a logical way.

When you endeavor to break your great goals down into tiny targets, you reap the benefits many times over.

1. You Minimize the “Overwhelm”

A great goal, because of its magnitude, can become overwhelming—not only you may feel the “overwhelm”, but also those who participate in the realization of that goal.

Setting smaller targets brings the goal down to a manageable size. It allows you to see your goal from a different angle, which reduces the “overwhelm”. For example, it’s less daunting to think, “I have to write 2 pages per day” than “I have to write a 200-page book”.

2. You Gain a Sense of Momentum

Every time you take a bite, every time you take a step forward, every time you complete a small task, it brings you closer to your goal. And because you’ve taken the time to break your great goal down into tiny targets, you can appreciate the sense of progress every time you reach one of those targets.

As you reach your tiny targets, you build momentum. Like a marathon runner, you get to your cruising speed after having taken a number of steps. And as Newton said in his First Law of Motion, once you’re in motion, you’ll tend to remain in motion.

3. You Can Outsource Part of Your Goal

You don’t always have to achieve your great goal by yourself. In fact, in most cases, others will be involved in the realization of your goal. When you break your goal down into its smaller components, you can determine which part must absolutely be performed by you and what parts you can safely assign to others.

4 You Gain More Flexibility

Depending on the goal, when you break it down, you often gain more flexibility as to the order in which you perform the tasks related to your goal; you can move “pieces of the puzzle” around and organize them in the most effective way. You can shift parts of the goal around to suit your available resources at a given time. You can conduct tasks in parallel (i.e. at the same time). And as your reality changes, it’s easier for you to adjust.

By breaking your great goal down into tiny targets, you increase your odds of making it to the finish line. All you need to do is focus on your next target and the next and the next and the next… And if you reach your tiny targets one after the other, before you know it, you reach your great goal.

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Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.