When I was a little girl one of my very favorite children’s books happened to be I’ll Teach My Dog 100 words. I loved this book because it was about dogs, which I love and it was funny, which is something I also love.
I recently had the pleasure of reading this book again, only this time saw it in a completely different light. If you aren’t familiar with the book, I encourage you to get yourself a copy. In the mean time let me see if I can give you a short description of the book without giving too much away.
There was this man who wanted to teach his dog 100 different things to do. For instance, digging a hole and filling it up is one of the first things on his list.
However, by the end of the book he is so exhausted he says, “I think I’ll start next year.” As he leans against a tree from being too tired from just thinking of all the things he wants to teach his dog. Who can blame him, right? I mean, this man has some high hopes for what he wants to teach his pup. Not to mention the high hopes he has for himself for keeping all this up.
If we take this man as our example and see him wanting to teach his dog 100 words as his big goal, it is obvious where he went wrong. He made his plan and set his goal, then he stopped after the first step. Can you relate? Do you find yourself setting a goal and not going any further with it?
He wouldn’t have to start next year if he broke his big goal down into bite sized pieces over the course of the next year. If he broke his goal down by month instead of looking at the bigger picture he would see that he would actually only have to teach his dog just over 8 words a month to obtain his goal. Seems a lot more doable than 100, doesn’t it?
Are you wondering how your goal has anything to do with this children’s book? That man is how we all start when we are dreaming about our upcoming goals and where we want to be in 5 or 10 years. But we have to be sure not to stop like he did. We must plan our goals out, all the way down to the easy steps.
If you haven’t had the chance to read some books about goal setting now might be a good time, I don’t want you to be like this man and decide to start next year.
Goal Setting Books:
These are just a couple goal setting books I think are great. What are some you like and would recommend to others?
Will you be like that man who says he will start next year because he is too overwhelmed by what lies ahead or will you continue on and follow through…… the choice is yours to make.