Liraz is an International SEO and Content Expert with over 13 years of experience.
By sub-goals we mean those small tasks that must be attended to in order to reach the main goal.
The problem with sub-goals is that once we get a sub-goal in our head they seem to expand in size and become this momentous task that becomes almost impossible to overcome; then strangely, once we get around to attacking these sub-goals they usually take much less time than we’ve already spent complaining and procrastinating about them.
By sub-goals we mean those small tasks that must be attended to in order to reach the main goal. Some of these sub-goals that become sticking points can take just a few minutes of our time! Yes, the human being can be a strange creature indeed!
The best way to stop ourselves from continuing with this self-defeating behaviour is to create a deadline for these sub-goals. The reason our sub-goals are not completed is because, unlike our regular work, there’s no time frame for them – the timeframe exists only in our heads.
And, of course, when we’ve had a sub-goal on our list for a long time, it no longer has a sense of urgency about it. Create deadlines for these tasks, and more importantly, make yourself answerable and accountable to someone else – you’ll soon find that you’ll be completing all your sub-goals and in quick-smart time! By this, we simply mean to ask a trusted colleague, friend or family member to check up on you – to make yourself answerable to them.
Another resolution to this problem can be to admit defeat and hire someone else to complete this sub-goal for you. It’s called outsourcing, and it can be the best business decision you ever make. True, it can be daunting handing control over to someone else, but once you’ve found the right person you’ll wonder why it took you so long!
And the final way to resolve this issue is to scrub the whole idea. What we mean by this is perhaps you’re not fully invested in trying to achieve a certain result, which makes a sub-goal a non-event.
If you’re an overachiever you probably won’t like admitting that you’re no longer on a certain path, because this might make you feel like a failure; however, you must be really honest with yourself about your goals and therefore your sub-goals.
If the overall project is no longer important to you, profitable, fun, or even relevant, then simply cross it off your list and let it go. There’s so much more fun and exciting stuff out there to really inspire you!