Instead of New Year’s Resolutions, why not set smaller goals every month? Billionaire Warren Buffet would agree: “I don’t look to jump over 7-foot bars: I look around for 1-foot bars that I can step over.”
Starting Small and Continuing
Businesses preach about “failing faster.” We want to do the same thing with smaller goals on a monthly basis. By doing so we find out what works and what doesn’t. This help us make course corrections on the way to saving money, managing your debts, or whatever our goals might be.
Putting the Principle in Practice
Let’s say our goal is to lose weight by working out three times per week for 60 minutes. We set a small monthly goal. For January, we’re going to go to the gym at least once per week – for 15 minutes each visit.
In February, we come back and we build on the habit. We go for twice per week, for 15 minutes. In March, we up it to three times weekly for 15 minutes. Starting in April and every month thereafter, we lengthen each workout by 5 minutes. So by the end of the year we’re at three 60-minute workouts per week. That’s all there is to it!