You can accomplish anything by breaking the larger goal down into smaller tasks. I like to call this chunking down. Imagine taking a large goal such as losing weight or getting in better shape and taking small chunks out of it to make it more manageable.
Let’s use an example of losing twenty pounds. Just thinking about this is overwhelming to most of us. However, if you take a small chunk out of this goal and focus on it, you can make it easier. An ancient Chinese proverb says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Using this same principle, losing twenty pounds begins with losing the first pound.
Although this is not my area of expertise, there are many books on how to lose weight that you can find and use. However, I am an expert in achieving goals and I know that whenever I try to lose weight it is a combination of watching what I eat and making sure I get enough exercise.
To make losing twenty pounds a smaller, more manageable goal, try taking it one day at a time. Tell yourself that just for today you are going to watch what you eat by consuming more vegetables and fewer carbohydrates. Just for today, you will add some exercise to your routine and you will drink plenty of water.
Jean Sumner, my co-founder of World Wellness Education, shared this “just for today” principle with me several years ago and I now use it to help me achieve all of my goals.
When you break down your goals into smaller, daily tasks, it is easier to accomplish them. You are not thinking that you have to do these same things tomorrow or every day for the next four months. You are focusing only on the day ahead of you.
We can learn so much from each other’s stories and experiences. I hope you will share your comments below. What do you want to accomplish? What can you do just for today that will help move you closer to achieving this goal?