You’ve probably heard this ‘how do you eat an elephant?’
Answer: one bite at a time. (Unless you’re veggie like me, we wouldn’t want to eat an elephant. Marrow? Slab of Tufu?)
Goals and chunking, this process is so simple. You take the large goal and break it down into smaller sizes, which are more manageable.
It makes it easier, more fun, motivating (as you tick of the smaller goals on route to your larger goal).
Every large goal is made up of smaller parts.
Sometimes these smaller parts are different facets of a bigger goal, and sometimes they are simply identical, measured increments of the big goal.
A goal of being confident in social situations, can include smaller goals, or clear steps that can be carried out once or repeated over time.
You may include: visit a new place every week for 12 months, join a class or do a little volunteering. You may choose to seek coaching or attend a confidence building class, use hypnotherapy. You may enlist other people to your goal (if they are willing) and attend low key social situations, with them beside you for the first few time. You may read about building confidence, buy tapes or join a support group.
Again, each goal or ‘chunk’ would work really well with a timeframe, commitment and action.
It also give you space to look at what is working and what isn’t, and to decide if you need to change tactics or review the goal.
A goal of changing career, could include researching possibilities, speaking to individuals carrying out the role you wish to carry out, a time spent learning knowledge, working on your CV or researching possible employers. You may include family and friends and build a contact list or spend time with a careers advisor.
These are all part of the larger goal, but breaking them down or chunking them makes them easier to work on.
Of course some goals won’t include chunking. They won’t require that much detail. You may have already done a lot of the leg work and research.
For each goal you have written, try and chunk them up into 8 or 10 parts. Apply the action to take, the timetime and commit.