KISS: Break Your Top Goals into the Small Tasks They Are…

by Brad Isaac on January 4, 2008

I know what it’s like…Your top goals may be overwhelming at first. You may be confused where to begin. There are so many questions you need answered. Just HOW are you going to make it happen?

101_goal_setting_breakthroughs_2008Before you get too panicked over the sheer size of the goal itself, take a deep breath. A benefit of goal setting is being able to make light work of goals you might originally thought of as likely as me winning the Miss America pageant. You just have to go about it the right way.

Read on to learn about the “salami technique”…


Here is how the salami technique works:

A deli salami in its original packaging is like a 10 pound 3 foot long log of mystery meat. It is not very appetizing. If you got it served to you as a meal, you wouldn’t know where to begin. Do you pick it up and eat it with your hands? Do you eat it with a fork and knife? Not to mention, there is just so much of it how could you possibly finish?

But then a simple invention of a meat slicer takes that salami and cuts it into little bite-size slices. Then, eating the salami is just a matter of putting together a couple sandwiches. Yes, it will take time to eat a salami by yourself, but by slicing it into thin pieces it becomes far more easy.

So the way to tackle your top goals is to treat it as a salami. Take your goal and list out all of the steps do you would have to complete in order to make it a reality.

Consider what questions would you need to have answered? What tools will you need? What education would help? And finally, what actions would you need to take?

Try to list them all. But do not worry if you don’t have all of the answers right now. As you work through your goal other steps and tasks will present themselves.

Your goal as a series of tasks

One of the cool things about breaking your goals down into individual steps is the end result. Instead of seeing your major goal as a mountain, you see it as a series of simple tasks. When you make the tasks basic enough then anyone can do it.

So take some time and list out the steps to your top goals. Especially with regard to your #1 goal, you will want to make sure you have done a thorough accounting of each task that needs to be done in order for you to reach that goal.

Have you ever had a big project or goal where you found that by simply breaking it down into simple steps made the project easier? If so tell us about it.

This is tip #9 of the 31 day series 101 Goal Setting Breakthroughs: A 31 Day Blog Series That Will Make 2008 Your Best Year Ever! Subscribe to my free RSS feed to get the rest of the series and never miss a tip!

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February 1, 2008 at 6:15 am

Well, setting goals can be a daunting task if you are not able to do it at right time. I do set goals that are worth having a try

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