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Small successes are important in a personal development program March 12, 2012

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Goal Setting and Realization.
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Many of us, in trying to accomplish as much as possible in our personal development efforts, can make the mistake of designing or implementing a self-improvement plan that eventually seems to us to be too complex, too detailed, or overly ambitious, and perhaps even unrealistic.

This can happen if instead of working on one area of personal growth at a time, if we are not careful, we end up trying to do everything at once and become overwhelmed. We end up doing a maintenance job on all of our personal growth goals instead of doing a better job on a lesser number of goals.

Like a diet that is too restrictive or severe, an overly ambitious plan for personal improvement with an unrealistic time frame can result in making our goals seem unattainable, and that can produce discouragement. Then our entire improvement plan can become like a broken New Year’s resolution. Such a scenario can end up damaging our self-esteem.

A detailed plan outlining all of our personal development goals makes sense, but the individual goals within the plan need to be accomplished gradually, with components within the goals being tackled one step at a time, over an extended period.

Achieving small victories in our goal realization process also helps to keep us motivated as we can see that we are making progress as we work on our plan each day. Having success in reaching or completing smaller sub- goals within a larger, major goal gives us a sense of satisfaction and encouragement.

Small successes are important. As noted by author J.K. Rowling, “Achievable goals are the first step to self-improvement.”*

*Source: http://www.quotationspage.com

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