Did you fall for “go big or go home”?

Bare footprints heading into the difference

The Internet wants you to set BHAGs – Big Hairy Audacious Goals.

Dream big or don’t bother. Shoot for the stars. Follow your passion.

It’s great to have a big dream.

But it’s not enough. It doesn’t stop there – because if it does stop there, you won’t get started, which means you’ll never get where you want to go.

The problem with BHAGs and big dreams and star-shots is that once the euphoria and excitement wear off, well, it’s kind of like the morning after a wild party. And the big-dream hangover can be vicious.

What’s the remedy?

Plan small.

Visualize and imagine and dream – but then understand what it takes to get there. Break it down. Consider what might go wrong. Think about the next steps. SMALL steps.

In fact, think about the smallest possible next step you can take. And then break that down into something even smaller.

It’s not that I think you can’t do it. I know you can. But I also know, from personal experience and from working with clients, that if you try to go too fast or too far at once, it won’t end well.

Take one tiny step at a time. Slow and steady wins the race. And overnight sensational success can take years.