When’s the last time you enjoyed a delicious dinner?

Was it at your home, cooked and prepared by a loved one?

Or was it prepared by you alone?

Was it at your favorite restaurant in town or far from your home?

I can guarantee one thing for sure, regardless of who prepared it or where you ate it, you did not devour it in five minutes, or even ten minutes.  My guess is you savored it one bite at a time.

You paused between swallows and even might have had a sip of your favorite beverage in between small spoonfuls and forkfuls.

You might have even taken the time to enjoy the aromas that your delicious dinner produced.

WOW! This is really making me hungry for another delicious dinner right now.

 OK…you might be thinking by now, “What the _______ does this have to do with the title of this article “Learn how creating micro-goals can lead to incredible growth”?

 Believe it or not, that is exactly how you enjoyed your delicious dinner.

It’s just that you did it without consciously structuring micro-goals.  Let me explain.

Your overall goal was to walk away from the table, nourished, delighted, and content.

So how did you accomplish your goal? Did you start stuffing your face with as much food as you can?

Did you move the food around on your plate, but never put it in your mouth? Did you eat a few bites and then decide to stop eating? My guess is you answered no to all three of these questions.

The reason for that is you decided to eat for enjoyment.  To enjoy the “food ride”.

By now you’ve probably caught on to where I’m going with this analogy.

OK…let me spell it out for you… I’m comparing eating and enjoying a delicious dinner to achieving and enjoying a worthwhile goal. Your confidence comes “one bite at a time.”

Let’s use losing weight as an example.  Let’s say you want to lose twenty-five pounds.

Here’s what most people do. They decide they want to lose it in two months.  Seems reasonable.  12 ½ pounds each month. They decide to do this through diet and exercise.

After the first two weeks, they’ve only lost three pounds. And by the first month, they’ve only lost five.

Now let’s get back to our delicious dinner analogy.

You decided you wanted to enjoy the dinner. So you set micro-goals (one bite at a time). That way you could enjoy the aroma and taste as you traveled through your meal journey. You remembered to pause and acknowledge how good it was tasting and that with each bite you were getting closer to your goal … nourished, delighted, and content.

If someone or something interrupted you or distracted you, you didn’t say to yourself “I guess I won’t be able to finish now” or “this disturbance is making me rethink if I want to finish and enjoy my delicious dinner” No, you paused until the distraction or interruption was gone and then continued where you left off eating.

OK, back to our weight loss goal. Do you ever get distracted or interrupted on your journey to losing weight? Of course you do.  Life happens. But just as in your dinner, you don’t put the fork down, and use it as an excuse to walk away from the table. No, you pause and reflect, let the interruption pass, and then get back to enjoying your weight loss journey.

When we eat our delicious dinner, one bite at a time, it is because we want to enjoy the “food journey” and pace ourselves. We know that is the best way to achieve the success we are looking for.

Now when we set the weight loss goal of losing 25 pounds in two months, maybe we are rushing it.  What if we set the goal to lose that same amount in six months. That’s four pounds a month.  And by the first month when you’ve lost five pounds, you’re ahead of your goal already.

Here’s what I am saying… We often set our goals too high too soon.

Big goals are great. But without micro-goals, we often run the risk of giving up and giving in because we don’t have the confident feeling that comes with achieving the success of those micro-goals.

Either the goal is too big too soon, so all we do is think about it (push the food around on our plate) or we try and do it all at once (stuff our face with too much food)   

This analogy applies to your business goals as well.  Set them at a level you will enjoy the journey as well as the end result.