Your Long-Term Goals — How to Gain Traction and Find Success

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Break your long-term goals into small steps…

Your long-term goals can be hard to pin down sometimes. When goals are large, finding a  way to get started and get some traction can be difficult.

Here’s a question that recently came to me at

Please feel invited to send your own questions. I answer as many as I can here on the blog.

So, here’s what Susan from Doylestown, PA wrote recently:

A question from a reader…

Hi Paula –

I understand about being aware, flexible, and specific when I develop goals. My problem is an inability to figure out where or how to start working on bigger goals.

I know where I want to go, but I don’t know how to get there.

I’m stuck, Paula, can you help?


Here’s my answer:

Dear Susan,

Don’t worry, you’re almost there.  Identifying your long-term goal is a vital step. This gives you a starting place.

The next biggest challenge when working on your long-term goal is getting started. When you have a big goal, sometimes it’s hard to find your way ‘in.’ So, let’s break this down into steps:

  1. First brainstorm all the tasks involved in getting to your long-term goal. Don’t censor yourself — just jot everything down on a list.
  2. Next, categorize the tasks. For example, if you want to build a house, you will put all the site development tasks into one category, and all the activities involved in obtaining permits in another. If there are also tools and materials involved in your long-range goal, remember to separate your task list from your materials list.
  3. After you have identified everything that goes into each specific category, prioritize your lists. Adjust as needed.

Finally — and this is very important — break down each activity you’ve identified into the smallest pieces possible. That way, the tasks will be doable, and you will experience immediate success.  This will help get you started and keep you going.  It can be daunting to work on large tasks without building in places where you can feel a sense of accomplishment.

Good luck on your endeavor. I’m sure you’ll get there.

Warmest regards,


You and your long-term goals…

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What kind of planning do you do and how do you give yourself the experience of success?

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