But that's typically the smaller stuff. What about when you have something big you want to accomplish? It might seem impossible, or something that would take forever. However, telling yourself that it won't be possible is giving up on your dreams, and that's a terrible thing.
Instead of throwing in the towel, you could try some of the basic techniques that successful and productive people regularly use. There's no silver bullet (never is). Taken together, though, these ideas can move you, one step after the other, toward what you want to achieve. It's not impossible; it's just going to take some work. And you'll feel amazing afterward.
Know why you want to do it
People set big goals all the time: get an advanced degree, lose weight, learn a musical instrument, train to run a marathon. Goals, even big ones, run the risk of being intellectual -- an idea in the head. To succeed, you need to involve your heart and make the process emotional. One good way to invoke emotions is to think deeply about why you want to attain the goal. It's important to arrive at an honest answer. Maybe it's to satisfy a parent who is impossible to make happy. Maybe you were never good at athletics and want to show yourself that you can be. The degree might represent a more secure financial life. Look hard at the reason and remember it. You could even find yourself recognizing that the goal isn't worth chasing (like trying to please the implacable parent).
Plan it out
Big goals aren't something you achieve overnight. They can take weeks, months, and even years. Such a span of time and scale of achievement needs a fully conceived plan of attack, not a simple to-do list. Break the big goal down into smaller ones and then even smaller pieces. Consider how some depend on others and arrange the sequence so, by the time you undertake all the pieces, you'll have obtained what you wanted.
Write it down
Some people swear by writing down their goals as a way to make them concrete. That might be so. More important is to write down the plan and all the parts you need to accomplish on a calendar or planner, in a notebook or log, or some other form that you'll come across every day. You need regular reminders because it's easy enough to forget to pick up the bread and milk on the way home. Keeping track of this important complex goal isn't going to happen all in your head, Bunkie.
Prioritize what's important
Everything costs. You spend money, time, and effort, and you don't have enough of any of them to do every possible thing that comes to mind. That means you need priorities. The big goal, and its parts, should be priorities while recognizing that you will have to juggle your plans with the inconveniences of life and duty. But remember your priorities. Don't let this get pushed to the side out of convenience or a form of self-sabotage.
Have a backup plan
Flexibility is important in any undertaking. As much as we might like the idea of setting the destination and marching inexorably toward it, that won't happen. Things will go wrong. They might even go unexpectedly right. Keep your big plan and hand and make adjustments in schedule, sequence, or tactics as necessary.
Focus on the process
Goals get discouraging if you keep looking at where they are relative to your position. Its like climbing a mountain. You look up, think, "Whoa! That's a long way," and start to get discouraged. To overcome that particular psychological hammer, focus on the process and find overall pleasure in it. That's actually the big secret of big goals. What you remember is not just that final point, but all the time and effort that helped make the achievement meaningful. Pleasure in process is what keeps an artist at his or her craft hour after hour, trying to create something beautiful.
Insisting that you have to do and invent everything out of some puritanical need to suffer and be completely independent is a waste of effort. If you're up against a wall, call a mason. Honest assistance won't diminish your achievement, and it may make it possible.