Do you ever set big goals and get discouraged because it takes so long to get there? I’m on a long-range plan to achieve my ideal weight. Notice I said long range. I look forward to the day when I reach that goal, but holidays, unexpected interruptions, and plateaus have derailed my progress more often than I’d like, making my original goal seem out of reach.
On a particularly discouraging day, my support group leader shared a secret. Set small goals only a month or two in the future—attainable goals that mark progress. Then when the goal is reached, reward yourself. No, not with a trip to your favorite ice cream shop, but with something inexpensive—a new bracelet or a scarf—an item that adds a little splash to your wardrobe. Whenever you wear you “reward,” you’ll have a reminder that you’re on the right track. Perfect for me – I love bracelets!
Your goal may not be weight loss or fitness—any long term vision or project will seem less cumbersome with small rewards along the way. A new book. A plant to brighten your day. A reminder that dreams—and goals—are worth pursuing, and that perhaps it is the journey itself where joy is found.
Award winning author Carla Stewart’s writing reflects her passion for times gone by. Carla’s desire is to take readers to that familiar place in their hearts called “home.” Her four previous novels have won both local and national awards. The Hatmaker’s Heart is her newest release. Learn more about Carla at www.carlastewart.com.