Today’s guest post is written by weightlifter Kirstin Bradfield. Kirstin runs Lee Art and Design on etsy.com where she crafts beautiful handmade jewelry and paintings. She originally created this content for her newsletter (find her on Instagram here; click the link in her bio to sign up!), and she has graciously allowed us to share it with you.
Welcome back! In the previous newsletter, I talked about the steps I take to break down a “big picture” goal into manageable chunks. This week, I want to expand on how I decide my monthly, weekly, and daily goals.
- KEY POINTS to remember:
- Monthly goals should take you 3-5 weeks to accomplish.
- Weekly goals should take you 5-7 days to accomplish.
- Daily goals (my fave) should be completed each day.
One of the things I listed last week, that I need to accomplish my “big picture” goal, was to develop a meditation practice and read self-improvement books – be a lifelong learner. Now, I can start to break that down into monthly, weekly, and daily goals.
- Monthly: Read up to 50% of a self-help book or sports psychology book.
- This can correspond to an annual goal of “read 5 self-help books this year.”
- Weekly: Meditate at least 3 times per week.
- 5-15 minutes each time.
- Daily: Replace any thoughts of self-doubt with an encouraging thought.
- For example, if I think I can’t improve my mindset or become mentally tougher, I tell myself “you can do it!” “Don’t give up so easily!”
Daily goals are my favorite and really just look like to-do lists. They are definitely more instant-gratification-feeling type of tasks (maybe that’s the appeal?). I KNOW that all of these small things that I do everyday will guide me in the right direction to becoming what I want.
Whatever your end goal is, you need to trust that the steps you take will get you there. After you trust your plan, any thinking or decision-making is gonna be stupid easy. Ask yourself, “does this honor my goals and dreams?”