Goals, Setbacks, Stepping Stones and Something Bigger

Are you taking time to celebrate the small goals and achievements in life, in business?

Taking time to celebrate small successes, the smaller goals and accomplishments is so important. Do you remember the last time that you actually said to yourself or commented to someone else that “Wow, I actually did it” or “Hey I made it”?

So often, we get busy caught up in the day-to-day that it can be easy to lose sight of the small victories.

I encourage you to stop and smell the roses taking time to do that it is so important. Just like when you want to lose weight, you measure, track or weigh in at certain times, and you do a dance when you see that you lost 2 pounds, right? Why? Because you are one step closer to you end goal. Those small interim goals are really important.

You have heard the saying “How do you eat an elephant? – One bite at a time!”. Well the same holds true when it comes to your goals in business, and life. For you to achieve your bigger end goals, it is a step-by-step collection or series of small achievements that get you there.

The book “The Compound Effect” by author, and publisher of Success magazine, Darren Hardy, demonstrates the value of consistent daily actions and how over time they add up. Make a conscious effort to take time, dance in the moment, and celebrate the goals you achieve along the way to your end goals.

I don’t watch much TV at all, but happen to be walking by and overheard Joel Osteen on Sunday morning as he spoke about setbacks and how positive people tend to look up towards God whilst other would look down. He said something similar to this, “…you should put your problems beneath your shoe. Because you, and He who is Greater are a much more powerful alliance. He said “See your problems as smaller than you. Stay in peace”. God is holding you in the palm of His hand”.

The reason I share this with you is because it can be easy at times to focus on the hard things, the problems, the setbacks. I encourage you to look up, to focus on what is good and try to feel that inner peace. Knowing that whatever you see, feel, or think is a setback is actually a stepping stone, a stepping stone to something bigger and greater.

You can achieve your end goals, just make sure you take some time to notice and celebrate the accomplishment of the smaller goals in between. Sometime high achievers are hard on themselves. They look at the end goal only forgetting to take the time to see the victory in the smaller goals.

What goals have you met this year so far? What goals did you meet last year?

  • Write down 1 goal you have achieved towards your bigger end goals.
  • Write down 1 way you will celebrate achieving that goal and when you will celebrate!
  • Write down your next stepping stone goal, that will move you closer to your end goals.
  • Write down when you plan to achieve that goal and what you will do to celebrate once you have achieved it!

With every small goal you achieve you are one step closer to achieving or exceeding your end goals!

Leave a comment below and also feel free to share a goal or two you have achieved so far! Share with anyone you think can benefit.

To you and your success!




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2 Responses to Goals, Setbacks, Stepping Stones and Something Bigger

  1. Eric Goldman February 29, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

    Hi Janet
    Love your article. Great information about achieving goals. You are right, small everyday goals and consistency will lead you to success.

    Thanks for sharing

    All the best

    • Janet Mueller February 29, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

      Hi Eric,
      You are welcome, glad you found value. By the way if I do hear of a company that has what you are looking for I will let you know 🙂 Thanks for your comments!

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