Inch by inch, life’s a cinch; yard by yard, life is hard.
Achieving a huge goal like lifetime sobriety or going the rest of your life drug free is an enormous task. Breaking down that one big goal into many smaller goals can make it much easier to succeed.
If you’ve ever heard the motivational phrase “eat the elephant” this is the lesson it’s trying to teach. An elephant is so big that if you tried to eat one it would take you forever and you would never believe that you could actually finish the whole thing, but if you take it one bite at a time eventually you would have eaten an entire elephant.
When you strive for real goals in your life, don’t look at it as one giant goal. Rather, look at it as daily mini-goals that are easy to achieve and by the time you complete all of those mini-goals you’ve actually achieved your one huge goal.
Some of these mini-goals may even be shorter than a day, they may be an hour or even a few minutes long, the length does not matter but what does matter is that you take action.
Setting extremely short-term and specific (yet simple) goals allows the mind to focus on one thing at a time without distraction.
Mini-goals force you to think about your priorities in your life. Since mini-goals are on a tight deadline, they force you to avoid procrastination and actually get something done.
They force you to think about how you want to spend your time today, and what you must do today in order to progress further along with your long-term goals.
Consistently achieving these small goals gives you a constant sense of accomplishment which make you start feeling really good about yourself. Over time, a new addiction is formed: self growth.
If you view the elephant as one giant goal that your whole life depends on, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment and negative self talk which may push you even more into your addiction. Why not enjoy the journey and the bites along the way?
If you’re someone looking to become clean and sober and stay that way for life, your mini-goals may look something like this:
- Google search “how to get and stay sober”
- Google search “best treatment centers near me”
- Call a treatment center, ask as many questions as you can think of.
- Follow the advice of the treatment specialist.
- Don’t use or drink for one day.
These goals are all specific and easy to accomplish, take them one at a time and watch yourself slowly transform into a new you.
How do you eat the elephant? One bite at a time. How do you stay clean and sober? One day at a time.