We all want to feel accomplished, right? We want to be a part of something bigger than ourselves and blow our own minds with what we can accomplish.
Setting big goals is an important step towards accomplishing big things.
Too often, organizations make small goals because they’re afraid a big goal won’t be attainable or they’re not willing to stretch themselves. This could be for a number of reasons; perhaps big goals feel nebulous, organizations don’t want to be the embarrassment that comes with “failure,” they don’t feel their employees will challenge themselves enough to accomplish big goals, etc.
But setting exclusively small goals and accomplishing small initiatives will never bring your organization to the next level. And that’s why we work on our business plans, right? To organize our goals and bring our organization to the next level.
Here’s a fun example: Think about a personal goal, like to run a marathon by the end of the year.
Some of your initiatives that accompany this goal may be:
- Buy a good pair of running shoes
- Register for a marathon
- Train for the half marathon
Run a marathon by the end of the year sounds like a big goal. Most likely, though, you’d be tempted to quickly accomplish #1 and #2. These are easy, small initiatives or “low hanging fruit” that can be accomplished almost immediately, with little to no planning or forethought.
Checking off these small action steps is a good thing. It helps you gain momentum towards accomplishing the primary goal — to run a marathon by the end of the year.
But accomplishing just #1 and #2 will never get you toward the ultimate goal to run a marathon by the end of the year. It’ll get you a nice pair of running shoes that will sit on the shelf, along with a payment made towards a marathon race.
What we really need to do is focus on #3 and break down this action step even more. Breaking down this third initiative will allow you to accomplish the big goal.
Ask yourself a series of questions:
What does training mean or look like?
How do marathoners I admire train?
What will my result be at the end of a month? At the end of the quarter?
When will I train?
How will I set up habits to encourage my training routine?
Answering these initial questions may seem obvious and unnecessary, but they’re important questions to consider and will allow you to break down how you plan on training for the marathon and ultimately accomplishing the big goal to run a marathon by the end of the year.
Small goals and small wins are important. They provide encouragement and momentum to your employees, especially employees that aren’t used to accomplishing big things or are hesitant to embrace the idea of a business or strategic plan.
But big goals or initiatives move your organization to the next level. And ultimately create organizational and personnel fulfillment.
At GovDollars, we encourage you to set big goals, break these goals down to achievable initiatives, and hold your employees accountable to accomplishing these stated outcomes. Before you know it, your organization will accomplish the big goal and will be transformed because of it.
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