We all have our big goals that we have written down on our mental to do list. Some people call it a bucket list. Some people just regurgitate it when people ask where they see themselves in five years. But we all have those big goals that we desperately want to achieve and sometimes lack the patience to get to. When there is a long staircase, you take one step at a time to get to the top. So when we are looking to achieve our larger goals, we need to set up smaller goals to help us reach the top.

If your goal is to become the CEO of a company, you need to set smaller goals to achieve it. First you need to do your research. Spend time becoming familiar with what you need to do to accomplish this goal. What are the requirements? How long should you expect it to take? In what order do you need to accomplish your smaller goals? When you’ve done your research, you can start to compile your small goal list. You may need to start entry level. Have positive conversations with everyone you come in contact with. Learn things about them and understand how to appease to them. No one is going to promote someone that they don’t find positive or personable or trustworthy. So now you’re in and you’re someone that people wanna be around. Check.

Next you need to put in the work. Your small goal is to complete little tasks at work that will help you be recognized. If you volunteer outside of work, find a way to bring that up in conversation. Take on a task that others don’t want to take on. Offer to help your boss carry things to their car. Your small goal is to become valuable to your company. Work hard and be positive. When you establish yourself as a positive and hard working entity, it'll be easier when you mess up from time to time.

If the qualifications for being promoted are education, set your ducks in a row to accomplish it. Get registered at a state college, save for your tuition, take as many classes as you think you can handle. If it takes you 5 or 6 years to get a 4 year degree because you are also working full time, you’re not failing. You’re a fucking beast for not only maintaining your career but also becoming educated at the same time. No one is going to shame you for taking too long to get your degree. Don’t shame yourself.

So, you have your relationships, your job security, and your education. Now you are ready to achieve your bigger goal. You’ve finished your small goals and now your bigger goal is going to be very tangible. Understandably, every big goal will have different smaller goals.

Write a small goal list every day and keep your eye on the bigger goal.

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