By Monta Cooper

small and simple goals

We all have elephants in our lives. We have the mountain that won’t move, the impossible that won’t become possible, the challenge that just won’t get out of our way. It’s frustrating. It’s deflating. It’s a reality that comes with being human. But how do you eat an elephant? The same way you move a mountain! In small bite-size manageable pieces. (Don’t go around biting mountains, use a shovel for heaven’s sake, but you get the point!) These small & simple bite-size pieces are our daily goals, the habits that form who we are and push us in the right direction towards who we are meant to be.

Subsequently, each goal should be small and simple…something to work towards that bigger “elephant” of becoming. I want to become a patient mother. I want to become healthier and stronger. I want to become a morning person! (My mom would laugh at that.) I REALLY want to successfully potty-train my 3-year old. All of those things are elephants for me. But I can break them down into small and simple daily goals that will allow me to become who I want to be. Who do YOU want to become?

Choose your goals with this in mind…that small and simple (and I’ll add ‘consistent’) wins the race. For me, serving my kids each day in a specific way might be a daily goal. Or moving my body for 30 minutes every day. Or going to bed early so I can wake up early and be fully awake, alert, and present throughout the day. Say it with me now…

”Small and simple bite-size pieces.”

Start with the end goal in mind. Envision who you want to “become”. Really do the work by asking yourself who you want to be! Who do you want to be a year from now? 5 years from now? Journal it out! I did an exercise last year, as recommended by Rachel Hollis, that I encourage you to try. In this exercise, you envision who you want to be right down to the clothes you want to wear. Who is that woman? How does she talk? How does she act? What does she look like? How does she choose to spend her time? What brings her joy? How does she show up in her life for those she loves the most? What are her accomplishments? Picture her down the smallest detail.

It’s hard to create small and simple goals if you don’t know what the end game should look like yet. If you can picture who you want to be, you can work your way back and determine what that looks like on a daily basis, and create those bite-size manageable goals to get you moving in the right direction.

You can do this. God doesn’t want you to sit back and take life as it comes. He wants you to stretch, to grow, to reach for the stars. God knows your potential, but do you? He knows the gifts and talents he’s given you, but do you? Take the time to figure out who you want to be, who God wants you to be, and create an action plan through daily habits that will get you there.

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