I’m very guilty for coming up with a huge goal of something I want to accomplish and then getting really obsessed with what it will mean once I get there, how things will be better or how I feel once I manage. But I make a plan to, for a new niche site for instance, I’ll figure out I need to write 3 long posts a week every week for a year. Then I sit down to write and it’s hard, I need to do loads of research because it’s a new topic and the act of sitting and writing for hours is still challenging.
And whether it’s reaching FI, losing weight, starting a business that will make X amount of money or anything else, while it’s important to have the goal it’s far more important to start building the habits and resilience needed to get there.
Showing up everyday to write something, teaching yourself to say no to buying things, even showing up at the gym once a week, it doesn’t matter what you achieve while you’re there the act of showing up regularly builds that habit of going, and once you’ve built the habit of going you can build on top of.
It all starts with baby steps and taking some time to think about what you need to be able to do to get there is important. Writing three top quality long-form blog posts in a week is hard if you’ve never done it before, more important is to sit down and write three times a week, don’t worry about output yet it’s about building the base habit of doing.
Saving half your income is hard, but making your lunch twice a week is completely manageable. And from there you can make your lunch every day, then have more dinners at home, then give up takeaways and it goes into a positive spiral from there.
So in the early days make your goals microscopic in comparison to the end goal, they are what set you up to achieve it in the long run.