Keep Daily Tasks Rooted in Big Picture Goals

Keep Daily Tasks Rooted in Big Picture Goals

I’ve been flustered and confused lately about my lack of expected motivation and enthusiasm when doing daily tasks designed to get me to a bigger goal.  The answer came to me while meditating today:  instead of keeping the daily goals squarely in service of the ultimate goal, I had been allowing those smaller goals to become an end unto themselves.  As such, they had not enough “juice” to push the effort forth.  On the contrary, my experience of the daily goals was one of flatness, grey, unfocused, becalmed energy.

Keeping the sense of how the daily parts serve the whole is vital for keeping me accomplishing those daily tasks!  So then the question became “How do I keep the goal at hand firmly anchored in the big picture, in service to the ultimate goal?”  The first answers that came to me were “Teach it to others, blog about it (thus the words you’re reading right now), and reiterate it to myself”.  To that end, when I’m making out my list of daily tasks, I’ve decided I’m going to write down how each task is in service to the bigger picture.

As a necessary step in the progression to the accomplishment of the ultimate goal, the daily goals then remain alive, multidimensional, colorful, and suffused with energy and light.  When the daily goals have that kind of “life energy” to them, it is easier to pull forth the resources needed to do those goals and move closer to the ultimate goal.

Another question you might have at this point is “What are the ‘ultimate’ goals?”.  According to the meditation I did this morning, they are beauty, love, creativity, joy, etc.  All else is in service to those.  So, for example, one of my goals today (Sunday) is to update my website so it matches the e-newsletter I’m sending out on Tuesday with respect to talks I’m giving soon and upcoming workshops.  When I answer the question, “How does this serve the ultimate goals of joy, beauty, happiness, love, creativity?”, my answers include:  it creates the opportunity for greater awareness in those who read the blog post, it puts me in the presence of those who are focused on growth, it draws more people to working with me on their own issues with motivation and focused effort, and more.  When the task of updating the website is couched in terms of how it serves helping others grow and become aware, it’s much easier to tap the energy necessary to get the task done.

Try this idea as a way to keep yourself moving forward with the goals you’ve chosen, both large and small.

About the Author:

Dr. Bonnie Nussbaum
Dr. Bonnie Nussbaum is a holistic coach and clinical psychologist who believes people are capable of far more than they think they are.


  1. Sangita November 13, 2014 at 2:56 am - Reply

    Hi Bonnie,
    I like the idea of goals and ultimate goals. It helps us to keep focus and moving forward:) Thank you for sharing.
    Love and Light

  2. Veronica November 13, 2014 at 5:33 am - Reply

    Thank you Bonnie! Working in service of the goal is a more holistic approach to life. I think we are driven by the smaller goals as a result of knowing the bigger picture and how we serve such. Wonderful to know you meditate daily – I am working on daily but do other practices to keep me in the flow. Thank you for this insightful article!

  3. Jill Greinke November 13, 2014 at 6:58 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing Bonnie! Establishing goals in our lives is so important, helps us have better focus and reach our goals.

  4. Tina Games November 14, 2014 at 12:46 am - Reply

    Being a visionary, I SO love this post, Bonnie! ~ Without a vision, I have difficulty mapping out any kind of steps. I always need to see/know where I’m headed! ~ But what I love about what you’re offering here – is how I can make each step a vision in itself, without an attachment to a bigger “parent” vision. This is quite freeing – and very empowering! ~ I can create lots of little visions and allow them to pull together at the right time, yielding to a bigger vision. ~ There’s an element of spiritual and creative surrender here – that I really, REALLY like! 🙂

  5. Kailean Welsh November 14, 2014 at 2:16 am - Reply

    What a great technique! Being able to see the routine, mundane, not-so-exciting tasks in their bigger context is a great way to add a bit more pizzazz. It is that bigger goal that pulls me: I need to keep my eye on the prize, and you have offered a really helpful way to do so.

  6. Teena November 17, 2014 at 2:07 am - Reply

    Great post Bonnie – I love the framing of ultimate goals being to cultivate, create and maintain joy, beauty, happiness, love, and creativity. This keeps me connected to my Authentic self as I vigorously get my to do list done! Thank you for sharing 🙂


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