Martha’s idea is that:
“A 4-day win is a simple method for breaking large, overwhelming goals into comfortable, bite-sized pieces that are accomplished over a four-day period and anchored with rewards to encourage positive behaviour. Once you complete a 4-day win, you take your buzz of accomplishment and create another one.”
The steps are:
- Pick a big goal.
Then decide what you could accomplish in one day on that goal. For example, if you want to write a book, a one day goal might be to create the outline and table of contents or sales page/back cover.
- Cut the goal in half.
Chunk that one day goal down by cutting it in half until it seems manageable to accomplish in 4 days. For example, if you want to write a chapter of your book, cut that in half – write 20 pages. Cut that in half – write 10 pages. Keep reducing the goal until you know you can absolutely complete it within 4 days.
- Identify a reward.
Identify a small reward for daily accomplishments toward your 4 day goal, such as a bubble bath with a good book or a treat that you like to have. Post your daily goals and mini-rewards where you can see them, and track your progress each day.
- Identify a 4-day reward.
Identify a motivating reward for completing the 4 day goal. Choose something small but something that will motivate you to finish. It might be something like a massage or a pedicure or a special lunch with a friend.For your bigger, main goal – I also recommend choosing a big reward. For example, it could be a weekend spa getaway. I am going to treat myself to a trip to Tuscany when I complete my really big goal!
- Ensure that the action and reward are linked.
Be sure you follow through on rewarding yourself. Don’t reward yourself if you don’t meet the goal.
What a great way to chunk down a goal into doable pieces. String a number of four day wins in place, and step by step you will achieve your big goals! Rich Schefren made a number of posts on building more fun into your business and taking more time off.
This strategy will help me because I always have big ideas but have trouble following through. I like the idea of linking smaller goals to a reward. I think that’s what’s been missing for me – all work and no play! I’m going to book a massage to motivate me this week. 🙂
What are your goals and what rewards will motivate you to achieve them?
[tags] small business success, martha beck [/tags]