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  • Writer's pictureBrian Markey

What cooking has to do with setting goals.

Updated: Aug 16, 2021

When I first got married, I knew that I would be doing a lot of the cooking. My wife had not cooked much in her past, and so it seemed like most of it would fall to me. That didn't pan out, and it actually ended up being about 50-50, which is great! I like to think that we are both decent cooks.


Although, I tend to want to make the same few meals all the time because I love them so much, while she likes to experiment with new recipes.


The point is, cooking is great. But the one thing that you need to be able to do is follow the recipe, and not all recipes are created equal.


My least favorite recipes are the non-specific ones. The ones where you aren't sure of the timing of things. When you finish cooking, one dish has been sitting out for 20 minutes and has gotten cold by the time the rest is ready.


To be fair, it is not a huge deal at all, but all that I am saying is that specificity is better. Some of those meal-delivery services like Hello Fresh or Blue Apron do a good job of having very specific recipes. The goal is a to have a delicious and healthy meal. But you need those specific steps to follow in order to make something that resembles the picture on the recipe.


The same is true about goal-setting. We did this a lot in the ministry job that I had. Every year, (or twice a year if you wanted to be really proactive), we had to come up with at least three long-term goals to strive towards. In filling out this goals worksheet, we had to write down several action steps with due dates within each goal.


The point of these goals was to dream big, but plan realistic, smaller steps to take toward the purpose of the overall goals.


I think this should be an exercise that we do for every goal that we have. Many of you may have dreams for yourselves or for your business. I do as well. But a dream can feel unreachable when we look into the future.


That is why you need to break it down into small and specific steps, just like an easy-to-follow recipe. The finishing line that we want to cross is much more likely to manifest if we can move successfully through each step.


So what is your goal for your life or for your business? Where do you want it to end up in 5 years, or 10 years, or 20?


Break that down into smaller, realistic steps. The smaller, the better. Is your goal to double your revenue in three years? What can you do in the next three months to work towards accomplishing that? Or even in the next two weeks?


If every step brings you slightly closer to that long term goal, then it does not matter how small the step is. Just be specific and pick a due date. The same way that a great recipe tells you exactly when to start each dish so that it is all done at the same time and you complete the perfect meal.


Just think about stairs. Every step, no matter how small, takes you slightly further upwards. Define your goals, break them down to small steps, and get started on moving towards your dream!



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