Can you believe it? The first month of 2018 has come and gone. Before we know it, the first quarter will be done and dusted. We will soon be saying (that is if we are not saying it already) that the year is over. For some, the struggle continues. There’s lack of clarity and the sad chapter of life seems to be recycled from one year to the next.
For some, the year started with a renewed wave of excitement and eagerness to pursue new set of goals. Sooner, that wave of excitement will deflate, and it will be back to normal. We see this in gym facilities, which are full at the beginning of the year only to be back to normal towards end of the second month. We see people changing their eating habits in pursuit of healthy living but sooner that fades away.
There might be many reasons for this, however one such is demonstrated by the words of Tony Robbins: “Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year – and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!”. Let’s pause for a moment and look at the two words. The Cambridge dictionary defines underestimate as thinking that something is less or lower than it really is. According to the Collins English dictionary, if you overestimate someone or something, you think that they are better, bigger, or more important than they really are.
These definitions may provide clues about why some people do not achieve their goals. We have these Big Hairy Audacious Goals (BHAG) that we compress in a year (BHAG, is an idea conceptualized in the book, “Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies” by James Collins and Jerry Porras). We are a micro wave nation that wants to achieve all things under the sun at a go. Instead, set your goal to achieve over a reasonable period. This will vary from person to person, however in my case, 3 years horizon has proven to be a realistic time frame to work towards my bigger goal. I break my goal into milestones to be achieved over time leading to the BHAG. In this way, I manage my expectations with ease, thus eating the elephant one piece at a time.
Breaking down your goal to manageable chunks mitigates against seeing the goal as unrealistic to achieve. When we see a goal too far to reach, we lose hope and never believe that it will see the light of day.
This has other implications for our confidence levels. You may be too confident in your abilities to a point where you become complacent. In this case, you may overestimate your capabilities. Be realistic about what you can do. Equally so, you may be tempted to underestimate your capabilities. You must do a thorough assessment and see yourself equal to your goal. If you see yourself above or too low than your goal, you are bound to trip and not realise your goals, dreams aspirations.
Think Big, Dream Wild & Prosper
Tex Hlalele is a life and business coach and inspirational speaker. He is the author of the book, Face The Person In The Mirror. Book coaching and speaking engagements by calling +27 64 6566174 or visit http://bit.ly/dreamsmadepossible
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