Get Out of Overwhelm

Get Out Of Overwhelm

Get Out Of Overwhelm

Sometimes our biggest life goals seem so overwhelming. We rarely see them as a series of small, achievable tasks but, in reality, breaking down a large goal into smaller goals or tasks—and accomplishing them one at a time—is exactly how any big goal gets achieved. After you have decided what you really want, with specific deadlines, the next step is to determine all of the individual action steps you will need to take to accomplish your goal.

How to Break It Down

There are several ways to figure out the action steps you will need to take to accomplish any goal:

  • Consult with people who have already done what you want to do and ask what steps they took. From their experience, they can give you all of the necessary steps as well as advice on what pitfalls to avoid.
  • Purchase a book or manual that outlines the process.
  • Start from the end – as if the task was completed – and look backward.  Simply close your eyes and imagine that it is now the future and you have already achieved your goal.  Then just look back and see what you had to do to get to where you now are.  What was the last thing you did?  And then the thing before that, and then the thing before that, until you arrive at the first action you had to start with.

Remember that it is okay not to know how to do something.
It’s okay to ask for guidance and advice from those who do know.  Never fear asking questions.  Sometimes you can get answers for free, and sometimes you have to pay for them.  Get used to asking, “Can you tell me how to go about…?” and “What would I have to do to…?” and “How did you…?”
Keep researching and asking until you can create a realistic action plan that will get you from where you are to where you want to go.

Potential Questions To Research

  • What will I need to do?
  • How much money will I need to save or raise?
  • What new skills will I need to learn?
  • What resources will I need to mobilize?
  • Who will I need to enroll in my vision?
  • Who will I need to ask for assistance?
  • What new disciplines or habits will I need to build into my life?

Another valuable technique for creating an action plan for your goals is called mind mapping.

How to Use Mind Mapping

Mind mapping is a simple but powerful process for creating a detailed to-do list for achieving your goal. It lets you determine what information you’ll need to gather, who you’ll need to talk to, what small steps you’ll need to take, how much money you’ll need to earn or raise, which deadlines you’ll need to meet, and so on—for each and every goal.
To mind-map your own goals, follow these steps

  1. Center circle: In the center circle, jot down the name of your stated goal—in this case, Create an Audio Educational Program.
  2. Outside circles: Next, divide the goal into the major categories of tasks you’ll need to accomplish to achieve the greater goal.
  3. Spokes: Then, draw spokes radiating outward from each mini-circle and label each one.
  4. On a separate line connected to the minicircle, write every single step you’ll need to take. Break down each one of the more detailed task spokes with action items to help you create your master to-do list.

Next, Make a Daily To-Do List

Once you’ve completed a mind map for your goal, convert all of the to-do items into daily action items by listing each one on your daily to-do lists and committing to a completion date for each one. Then schedule them in the appropriate order into your calendar and do whatever it takes to stay on schedule.

Do First Things First

The goal is to stay on schedule and complete the most important item first. In his excellent book, Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time, Brian Tracy reveals not just how to conquer procrastination but also how to prioritize and complete all of your action items.
In his unique system, Brian advises goal-setters to identify the one to five things you must accomplish on any given day, and then pick the one you absolutely must do first. This becomes your biggest and ugliest frog.

Drew Berman and Jack Canfield

Drew Berman and Jack Canfield


He then suggests you accomplish that task first—in essence, eat that frog first—and, by so doing; make the rest of your day much, much easier. It’s a great strategy. But unfortunately, most of us leave the biggest and ugliest frog for last, hoping it will go away or somehow become easier. It never does. However, when you accomplish your toughest task early in the day, it sets the tone for the rest of your day.
By breaking down your goals, and then taking daily action on them, you create momentum and build your confidence, both of which move you farther and faster toward the achievement of your goals.
Now go take action!
Adapted from the writing of Jack Canfield, America’s #1 Success Coach. He is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul© and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you’re ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get your FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: http://www.jackcanfield.com/


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