The Rise of the Mini-Goal ✨
A mini-goal is a polite way of saying "it's not that serious" to your goals. Mini-goals are something I learned about a few years ago when I was feeling absolutely defeated trying to stick to my goals. I bought all of the books, the productivity journals, and the motivational podcasts but I just couldn't stick to anything!
It was only when I was listening to one of those pesky podcasts that a very doable idea came across my ears. The speaker said "If you want to get back into a fitness routine just put your tennis shoes on in the morning."
As I listened, I laughed to myself thinking "Put my tennis shoes on?...and what..stand there?"
The idea was, the speaker said, that if you put on your tennis shoes your next reaction will likely be to workout. If it wasn't, you took your shoes off in a half an hour and tried again tomorrow.
I decided it was absurd but I would give it a try. I put on my Nike's the next morning at 6am and lo and behold, I did feel like working out. It started out innocently enough, one jumping jack turned into 50. One morning turned into another morning. About two months later I was doing full-fledged soul-crushing 6am workouts. Very odd for a person who is a self-proclaimed lounge lizard.
So, I put the theory to the test in other ways. Would it work with my money? I decided to start even smaller on this one because I didn't want to feel financially trapped especially if there was an emergency. My new, pettily salary out of college would not have allowed many room for financial mistakes.
My mini-goal for my money was moving over money one time per month into my savings account when I normally would have bought it.. So, instead of purchasing that $70 item I didn't really need I would leave it on the hanger and move that money into my savings account.
Lo and behold, the theory worked again. By holding myself accountable to just one mini-goal, instead of a full slew of behaviors, I realized I actually liked the feeling of keeping that money in my bank account. I started looking at my other spending items the same way. Did I really need them? Would I be happier if I had the money in the bank instead? Three months later I had accumulated over $2,000 dollars saving on stuff I would have bought anyway. I was astounded.
Today, when a new goal comes my way I sometimes feel like going back to my old way of doing things.
Go at it full force!
Cut it out of your life!
Commit to it!
Willpower will do it!....but I know these are just lies and I remember my mini-goals.
Mini-goals make your goals digestible. No matter what your resolution might be, don't overwhelm yourself. You're doing just fine where you are.
Try putting on your tennis shoes.