The Big Goal Rabbit Hole

by Maddie King | June 12, 2018

I’ve got a lot of big ideas in my head, and I’d love to say that I’m great at making good on those big dreams. But I should probably just say I’m good at planning out those big dreams. I love planning. Give me a yellow note pad, a planner, and a good ink-flow pen and I’m a happy camper. I can sit all day dreaming up business plans, crunching numbers, and thinking about the day that my *insert latest product line* will support me enough to pay for life and maybe some bonus fudgesicles.

The problem is, that despite all the notepads of nicely laid-out tables and graphs, these big ideas are often just that: ideas. Looking at really big plans is a little bit (or a lot bit) intimidating, which for me, leads to more planning. This is how I begin falling down the Big Goal Rabbit Hole. I have an idea, I plan, I get scared, and I plan some more. Notice how so far there hasn’t been any actual doing.

This summer I’m trying really really hard to make these ideas become something real. Here are some small steps I’m following that might help your big ideas become something real, too.

I know, I just spent two paragraphs talking about how I get stuck in the planning period of a project. This step is important. Plan a little bit so you’re not completely unprepared, but then move on to actually doing. Make a list of actions that will push you towards accomplishing your goal (if you’re like me and love checking off tasks from a list—this is great encouragement to begin the doing).

Break It Down
Take your big idea and break it down into smaller tasks that are easier to accomplish. Lots of small steps add up to one big leap—not to mention it’s much less intimidating to make that first move! While it’s okay to dream big, it’s important to stay realistic while you’re starting out.

Tell Your Mom
Maybe not your mom: but that’s who I like to tell. She’s someone who, if I start to give up or lose focus, she can push me back on track. Tell somebody that you trust to be honest with you and who understands the goal you’re setting. Talking to somebody about your goals and ideas allows you to bounce strategies and ideas around and keeps you accountable.

This is the most important step of all. Send an email, ask a question, do the thing. You just gotta get started, and the rest will follow (with lots of hard work and determination, that is).

I’m hoping that these steps help me (and maybe you, too) get out of the rabbit hole I like to dig while dreaming up big ideas. Cheers to not just dreaming big, but also doing big!