How to Manage Long-Term Goals
Have you ever walked a long walk and your destination is quite a long, far away from you?
As you walk and you look at the destination, it looks so far you might get discouraged.
You might think, “Oh my God, this is too far, it will take too long to get there.”
Then, as you lower your eyes down and look at the ground you’re walking on, you notice that you’re making small steps and that you are advancing, and all at once you feel motivated.
What this means to me is that looking too much at the long-distance goal might discourage rather than encourage us. We realize deep inside that this long-term goal is going to be difficult to achieve, and the probability of achieving it might not be high. But when we look at the small steps we are making and how we are advancing, that is encouraging. That is gratifying.
I believe that in management and leadership practice, this can be a very valuable insight. Look at the long-term goal once in a while, but not continuously. Instead, continuously look at the small steps of improvement you are making toward the goal. Be encouraged by making some changes regardless of how small they might be and be encouraged by the fact that you are moving in the direction of your goal.
Ichak Kalderon Adizes
Founder of Adizes Institute Worldwide