We are kept from our goals not by obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser goal.
I decide to clean out my emails instead of sitting down to write. I sign up for the 50 kilometer run instead of the 50 miler.
I choose the lesser goal often. It is more achievable. It takes less time. I can still have the satisfaction of getting something done.
But what are the long term effects? I never begin the big ambitious writing project. I never run another 100 mile race.
Accomplishing short terms goals is great, so long as I don’t lose sight of my bigger objectives during the process.