Make Your Milestones

October 24, 2011
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For a lot of people, making big goals can be intimidating, because you usually can’t accomplish big goals in a single day, or week or month. Sometimes it takes years to accomplish big goals! But we’re going to spend a lot of time talking about how to break big goals down into smaller, bite-size, manageable work-chunks, so in the meantime, ignore the “how am I going to do this?” and focus on the “what do I want to do?” Give yourself permission to dream big.

What are your goals?

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31 Responses to Make Your Milestones

  1. michael regina on October 24, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I loved this article man. And I echo your goals to the t.

  2. Mikale on October 24, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Aaah, that was so good! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU (okay I’ll stop the caps lock spam) but THANK YOU for writing this Stephen. Very useful and/or applicable.

    • stephen on October 24, 2011 at 6:24 pm

      Thanks man! I’M GLAD YOU LIKED IT! ha ha.

  3. Kev Brett on October 24, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Awesome! REALLY looking forward to the next one. Love it

  4. unk on October 24, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I resonated with the thought that your goals need to be grounded in a world view that includes tangible (truth) and practical (family) ideas.

  5. Heydon on October 24, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    This is absolutely brilliant. When you’re a famous Graphic Artist, I promise to help construct the Ice Cream Castle. Norway seems like a good area for that sort of thing.

    • stephen on October 24, 2011 at 10:04 pm

      Ha ha, thanks dude! Let’s do it.

  6. Andres on October 24, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    hey. this is great because it’s like i’ve seen/read this before. really it’s just your goal’s speech drawn out. i like it. :)

  7. Sam Washburn on October 25, 2011 at 1:23 am

    This is really the start of something great. I can’t wait to see more. Thanks!

  8. Doodle Alley | Miss Jones Writes… on November 3, 2011 at 7:53 am

    [...] I was browsing the Daily Deviations on DeviantArt and came across this comic called “Make Your Milestones”, also hosted on “Doodle Alley”: http://doodlealley.com/2011/10/24/make-your-milestones/ [...]

  9. Tyler on November 8, 2011 at 1:11 am

    I totally relate.

  10. Emanuel on December 1, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I am loving your website Stephen.

  11. Doodle Alley on January 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    [...] Read the rest of this series here: Make Your Milestones. [...]

  12. Robin French on January 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Just got linked here from Making Comics and instantly read through everything I could find. :) Sincerely motivational stuff, I feel so lucky that people like you are around to show there really is a way forward for those of us just starting out. Thanks so much!

  13. Alejandro Pina on January 31, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Oh hey robin! Yeah, I saw this off making comics too! I think it’s great because it resonates with all types of artists. Really endearing and smart. Clever layouts too, love how u animate ur background.

  14. Traci on October 28, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    I think this is the fourth or fifth comment I’ve made in a row (just discovered doodle alley today) but I had to respond to this one: THIS IS MY LIFE. Perfectly said. Knowing what you want is a powerful thing…making actual goals is even harder, but the only way the big, but not impossible ones will ever happen!

  15. Julien Brightside on January 22, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Going through these blogposts one at a time, and I must say I like each one so far.

  16. Timothy Wu on December 2, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Thank you for this amazing bit of motivation. It’s arrived at just the right time for me!

  17. Me on December 3, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    I just wanted to say that I really like this character’s nose. It’s very nice.

    • Me on December 3, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      I have just realized that this character is you and that is your nose. I hope that my comment isn’t creepy, but you have a nice nose.

      • stephen on December 6, 2013 at 6:23 pm

        X D Yeah, it’s me. I started wearing glasses midway through the book, ha ha.

  18. Myriam on December 18, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    I have at least two big goals, one is “on air” or someting like that, well I’m sort of working on it, and it’s a lifetime project … The second have to wait several years to be started, once the first would be good enough to be a little independant. But I think and think and think about it ^^

    Thank you very much for your work, I read it sometimes when I need motivation and encouragements to live the way of life of my dreams. It’s always so true that’s amazing!
    Let’s do our best!

    • stephen on December 19, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      Let’s do it! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Uni on March 10, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    It feels like I’m on a boat in the middle of an ocean. I know my goal is to get ashore but I don’t know which direction to head or how to propel myself to said direction. I am just sitting on the damn boat, floating around and hoping that some day an oar will drift by so I can grab it. I don’t know if one ever will come about but I try to keep up a false hope that it will.

    Trying to reverse engineer a path to your goals when you don’t know a single step on the way there is just depressing

    • stephen on March 29, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      That can definitely be discouraging.

      What’s your goal? Sometimes that stranded in the ocean feeling can come from a goal that is not entirely in your control.

  20. […] 圖片來源:http://doodlealley.com/2011/10/24/make-your-milestones/ […]

  21. Cari on December 11, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Something to also consider:

    When a character is going on a long journey toward one critical goal, they’ll often stop when they meet that goal and bask in the glory of it without setting any new goals (hasbeen actors for instance, like the Jason Nesmith character in Galaxy Quest or the titular character in BoJack Horseman). It’s pretty comforting to wrap yourself up in a warm quilt of your accomplishments, and it’s easy to eventually feel shielded from the world by it as if it became a suit of armor over time; cozy and warm as you ride the coat-tails of your past self’s work.

    Accomplishment of a huge task a pretty difficult thing to come to grips with, since there’s the post-postpartum depression of wanting to live in nostalgia of your big journey, but also a jarring loss of direction when you realize all the possible new routes that lay before you and you ask “now what?”

    There’s that saying, that the journey is more important than the destination, which is a double-sided blade when you think about it. The journey becomes such a fundamental core of your being that the destination feels like the conclusion of the journey, a big “The End” sign you ram into on arrival.

    It’s great to be given direction and a purpose for being, but it’s dangerous because there is a definitive endpoint in mind. It’s the difference between a traveler and an explorer.

    To explore, on the other hand, is to go off in any direction and to stop every so often for simple pleasures (smelling the roses) or when you find something that piques your interest. It could be as simple as a pit stop to appreciate something neat on the side of the road, or as pivotal as an off-ramp that takes you on a long detour toward some other journey entirely– but always with the intention of continuing on. Being introduced to the ends of smaller journeys by way of adventuring could help prevent the sudden shock and loss of direction when one reaches an endgame goal, since in their mind it isn’t final.

    Another way to think of it:

    Like a reader finishing a book, you could lamenting the fact that there’s no more and to simply re-read it over and over and over and over again. On the other hand, you could instead close it, look up from it, and begin perusing all the other books on the shelves, realizing that the selection expands endlessly into the infinite library that is life. You can embrace these new options rather than be awestruck into re-reading that same book you just finished. Sure you can’t read them all, but it doesn’t mean you can’t read some that are new, and of course you can always pick up the old book and read it again later– it’ll always be there. Books, like the past, are ever-patient.

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