When we set ourselves targets we need to be careful that these become Milestones and do not become Millstones.
A Millstone is problem that we carry with us that prevents us from achieving our targets or goals.
When we set ourselves a target, it can become daunting if we don’t have a clear approach for how we will achieve it, then we end up focusing too much on the “what” and not the “how”, and it’s focusing on the “how” that will ensure that meet our target.
When I started this blog, I did it as a means to putting myself in a position to write the book on leadership that I had always wanted.
Previously, whenever I focused on writing the book, I found it a daunting task as it’s such a major under taking.
Where do you start, how long should it be, what do you focus on, the structure, the key messages, the text, all of these thoughts led me to writers block, and thus it became a Millstone hampering my progress.
By starting this blog I was able to just focus on writing my thoughts down, in no particular sequence, short posts covering any subject that took my fancy.
I also received positive feedback, through people both reading and commenting on my posts, which encouraged me to continue.
Now I have written 100 posts, which for me is a major Milestone.
I have written significantly more than I thought I would ever be able to write and this has now put me in a position to start thinking about writing that book I always wanted to write.
Sometimes we just have to dive in with only a rough idea of where we want to go, dip our toes, take a suck it and see approach.
If we focus too much on targets they can become Millstones and stop us achieving the Milestones we dream of.