5 Reasons Taking Little Steps Toward Your Goals Leads to Greater Leaps Forward in Your Life

Sometimes a challenge or a desired goal presents itself in our lives, and the steps we must take to achieve what we want or surmount that challenge seems daunting. However, by taking small steps to get closer toward the desired outcome we want in life, we can make that big thing seem not so overwhelming.


Cultivating the Virtue of Patience

Patience is far too overlooked as a relic or the past. The world is always so busy and we are consumed by media and results that show up within the blink of an eye. Therefore, many believe that whatever we want to achieve now, should happen just as fast as our whims. When it comes to tackling a big goal, sometimes we find ourselves so impatient that we walk away from the goal before we see any results. Patience is a needed ally that will help us achieve what we seek. We must remind ourselves that Rome was not built in a day.

Endurance for the Long Haul

Life is not a race, even though it can seem like it is. Competing and comparing to others will make us weak in the long run, especially if our thoughts are constantly consumed about how better or worse someone else is faring. Taking life a day at a time, stopping to be aware in the present moment, and live out our life will make all the difference. Every day we should be working on a smaller goal or two, which will accumulate into more experience and readiness for future opportunities. Eventually, with patience and steady work toward our dreams, we will find that we have managed to endure for longer than we thought possible.


Develop Sharper Focus

When we have tunnel vision, focusing with the utmost determination on the small goals we have set for our day, we sharpen our focus. There are tons of distractions all around us. Whether we are dealing with our inner thoughts, the words of others, social media, or celebrity gossip, we can make a decision to have a selective focus on our set daily goals. When we are able to let worries about work, relationships, how we will achieve that big goal in the end, and other unhelpful things fall away, we can give our full attention to our goals. Over time, making it a habit of focusing on our small steps and goals every day, will make the difference with how soon we will be at the finish line of achievement for the particular goal we have.

Congratulate Your Little Victories

There are no overnight success stories. Success comes when preparation and opportunity meet. Take the time to congratulate yourself on your small successes. Stop to appreciate and thank yourself for the things you have managed to overcome and get right. This is an action that will build your self-esteem and strengthen your focus and determination to achieve. You will see the big picture that over time, with each success you are coming closer to achieving your desired end goal. Work hard, work smart, but don’t forget to reward yourself for a job well done.



Having a spirit of gratefulness for all the abundance and good things that come into your life, no matter how small or inconsequential they may seem to yourself or others is a key ingredient to success. To give and to receive joyfully is a gift that keeps you grounded, humble, and in touch with your world. Having a spirit of gratitude will change your outlook on life, attract more positivity, and let your inner light shine. A gracious person will see more open doors to opportunity and achieve their success early.


With these five ideas incorporated into your daily routine, you can see your dreams become a reality. Everything we wish to achieve first takes a dream, and the desire and motivation to press forward. With a spirit of gratitude, armed with patience and endurance we can succeed. The road may be winding and difficult at times, but with the right mindset and habits, eventually we can overcome and be who we wish to be. The same thinking that creates our challenges and desired goals is not the needed attitude to surmount our obstacles nor achieve our dreams. Every day we can work toward tackling a larger goal, until before we know it, we have arrived.



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Grit N Vinegar is the home of emerging writer, Alex Smith. Focusing on short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, Alex has been published in Sick Lit Magazine and often seeks out new places to submit her writing. Find me @gritNvinegar on Twitter!

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