Dare to dream: Work out the small steps you need to take

What does the small steps method involve?

The small steps method involves taking any dream, goal or task and breaking it down into small steps until you get to something you could do today. The steps need to be small, specific, concrete and actionable. You should know when a step is complete. You can download a free chapter from my book on the small steps method here.

Turn your dreams into small steps

Take each of the dreams on your list in turn. It may help to imagine you are advising someone else here. Start to break them down into small steps. Could you give them subheadings? For instance, if it’s your dream to publish a book one day, then that could break down into: finding time to write it, researching the book, finding a publisher. Once you’ve got the subheadings, come up with five to ten steps for each.

Check in with yourself

Then check in with yourself: do I still want to hold onto this dream? You might also realise at this stage that the dream has gone stale and although you’ve been carrying it round with you (and possibly telling people about it) you no longer want to do it. If so, there’s no need to carry it around any more.

Are they small enough?

Check in again – are your steps small, specific, concrete, actionable and something you could do today? (I mean: possible to do today, not that you’re committing to doing them today.) If not, you need to make them smaller.

Mind map your dreams

I suggested mind mapping in an earlier post and it’s useful here too. Get a large piece of paper, draw something in the middle to represent your dream and create branches radiating from that central image, showing the steps you need to take to focus on your dream.


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