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Most of us are wired towards goal setting from the perspective of ‘big goals’ – goals that feel huge, can be spoken out loud with pride and passion, stamped on to a social media declaration but these bold goals often come with hidden costs – overwhelm and fear. Which can eat into your mental productivity almost unconsciously. So, if you are scared of big goals or perhaps the annual goal planner didn’t go as planned – here’s a simple way to get yourself on the path to progress. Even when it is mid-year.

Instead of restarting your goals from scratch when you have paucity of time, reframe your big goals into ‘Bridge Goals’.

  • What is a ‘Bridge Goal’? Essentially, they are smaller goals that help you get over your fear of action and are like small milestones towards the big life goal. You are building a bridge of mental clarity, focus and resilience to get you started and keep you going on your chosen goals for the year.
  • Break down your big goal into three or five small milestones and get started on what you can and would be willing to accomplish this year end. Guaranteed, it feels like an ego bruise when you dismantle big goals into smaller ones, but the intention behind ‘Bridge Goals’ is to ensure that your progress happens. If you aren’t able to reach the finishing line, at least you get started and celebrate the a few milestones along the way.
  • Say, you’d like to finish reading 30 books this year. If you haven’t started at all, this means you’d have to average six books per month to get to the goal. Depending on the time and energy you have, this would become more like a chore than actual reading. A ‘Bridge Goal’ say, shortening it to ten books ensures that you are more likely to get in some quality reading than giving up on the goal altogether.
  • Why ‘Bridge Goals’ work? Big goals often need time, energy and resources way more than what we have with us or what we are willing to invest in them every day. Breaking them down into smaller milestones makes it more mentally possible and engaging. Often the lack of time or a watertight deadline can seriously cast mental shadows when getting started on big goals or milestones.
  • What if the ‘Bridge Goal’ doesn’t work out? Often in the course of work, you may discover that this isn’t your interest or exactly what you had hoped for. ‘Bridge Goals’ are a great way to check your interest and pivot on to a new course of action or course correction, as needed. Since they are smaller milestones, in case your small goals don’t excite you, then you have saved yourself more headache and heartache down the road. If your ‘Bridge Goal’ does elicit a high five from yourself, then sure, keep going.

So, as we close on July, are you willing to build yourself a bridge and get closer to achieving a goal or two this year?Matuli Madhusmita Swain is an actress, author, speaker, life coach and marketing and communications expert with 14 years of professional experience working with The Leela Palaces Hotels and Resorts, Hyatt, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts, IHG, Gray Group and Dr. Reddy’s Foundation. Matuli loves good content, and champions conversations on marketing, leadership, new age work place practices, economics, entrepreneurship, sustainable travel and tourism.

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