Step 2: Set Short Term Goals
Once you have identified and established your long term vision, come up with short term goals that will allow you to make your dreams a reality.
For example, if your long term goal is to save $10,000 over the next ten years, establish steps that will enable you to save $1,000 each year. If your long term goal is to run a marathon at the end of the year, establish steps to build your endurance over the next 12 months.
Make sure your short term goals are SMART—meaning they are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. If your first goal is too difficult or takes too long to achieve, make your next one more attainable to prevent fatigue. Likewise, if your first goal is too easily attained, take your next goal a step further and challenge yourself.
It is essential that you establish short term goals in your journey to achieving your long term vision. If you put too much pressure on yourself at the beginning of the process, you will quickly lose motivation in working towards your goals. Short term goals help to maintain motivation over an extended period of time, preventing goal fatigue.