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January 15, 2020

The Power of Micro-Goal Setting

Micro-goal setting involves creating small, manageable goals that are steps in the right direction for achieving your large, long-term goals.

By: Julie Morris, Superfood Chef & Luminberry Founder

Goals are powerful tools that keep us focused, motivated and constantly evolving. It's human nature to set and chase goals. However, sometimes goals can also feel daunting, intimidating, overwhelming and even downright stressful. That’s why I’m a big believer in dreaming big and acting small—a self-improvement strategy called micro-goal setting that can apply to pretty much every aspect of life!

Micro-goal setting involves creating small, manageable goals that are steps in the right direction for achieving your large, long-term goals. What I love about micro-goals is that they are tangible, specific, task-oriented and totally achievable. They make sure you stay on point, move you forward and are surprisingly motivating. You can think of micro-goal setting like training to run a marathon. If this was your goal but you had never run a day in your life, you wouldn’t wake up one day, lace up your running shoes and pound the pavement for 26.2 miles. Instead, you would start by setting smaller goals, such as jogging one mile, then two, then perhaps signing up for a 5K race, and you'd slowly ramp up to your ultimate goal of being a marathon runner. The secret to long-distance running has nothing to do with setting out to run a large distance, and everything to do with how capable you are at compartmentalizing small achievements that add up to a great feat.

But you certainly don’t have to be a runner to put this strategy to work. Micro-goals can apply to so many aspects of life, especially in the health and wellness realm. Beyond just balancing weight, you can set micro-goals to get stronger, become more flexible, achieve better sleep, have more energy, be more positive or just live better. And when it comes to eating and nutrition, micro-goals have everything to do with helping you make small changes that really add up over time.

Life gets busy and without going so far as to hire a personal nutritionist, most of us simply don’t have time for extensive meal planning and ingredient research. I’ve found that one of the easiest ways to start achieving micro-goals in your diet is to simply start introducing more superfoods into daily meals. Since superfoods are such powerful nutrient-dense foods, you really get the most benefits from every bite. So, by simply adding superfoods like chia seeds, hemp seeds, goji berries and turmeric powder to the foods you already eat, you’ve just accomplished the healthy micro-goal number one of eating better that you can feel proud about! This can pave the way to other micro-goals, such as reducing sugar, making sure you're consuming more fiber or eating as “clean” as possible.

If eating healthier, improving your overall wellness and living a more natural life are some big goals of yours, then consider setting an easy micro-goal of having a superfood smoothie each day. Navitas Organics Essential Superfood Blends help ensure that you’re getting a wide spectrum of nutrition with minimal effort and no guesswork. And for other big goals that you’ve set for yourself, keep reading for some micro examples that you can focus on to get one step closer to those big ones. Even the tiniest accomplishments will fuel you with the momentum you need to achieve what you want and become the best version of yourself!

Ultimate Goal: Lose 20 pounds
Micro-Goals to Focus on: Attend a group cardio fitness class and refuel with healthy snacks
Ultimate Goal: Find a career you love
Micro-Goals to Focus on: Take an online personality quiz and make a list of your best skills
Ultimate Goal: Travel around the world
Micro-Goals to Focus on: Make a list of must-see destinations and estimate how much money you’ll need to visit them

No goal is too great when you realize the power of chipping away at it every day, much like the saying “progress over perfection.” So, start by sharing your goals in comments below and you'll be one step closer to making them come to life!

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