How to achieve a micro-action mindset…
It’s quite normal to set ourselves goals and within a short space of time forget them or find they haven’t be achievable. Why does this happen? Most of the time we’ve tried to achieve too much, too quickly.
Science has shown that a simple solution is to break down milestone targets into small ‘keystones’ or ‘micro-actions’ (Duhigg, 2012).
What does the research say?
By making one small change a day, we are 11 times more likely to succeed. Regularly completing micro-actions help to refine our abilities and generate momentum which leads us to those breakthrough moments (Markman, 2017).
If you find that you’re stuck in short-term firefighting mode and it’s making it difficult for you to prioritise responsibilities and focus attention on specific tasks, then taking a micro-action approach will provide that solution you’ve been looking for.
By reducing our goals into more manageable chunks, we will no longer feel compelled to ignore the source of the problem. Rather than those goals falling to the bottom of the pile, the cause can be confronted little-by-little. Suddenly, even the most challenging task appears simpler. We become more motivated, able and driven to tackle it.
How can we help?
You can sign up for our free 5-day micro-action sampler and experience the power of the micro-action mindset.
Our 5 daily samples provide a taster of our popular Performance Motivation notebooks, which is packed with micro-actions in the form of fun interactive activities, reflective questions and practical tasks. It’s also an excellent resource for People Managers with helpful prompts they can use in huddles, 121s and team meetings to initiate great performance conversations and inspire everyday action.