How To Set And Achieve Tough Goals
Let’s Set Big Goals — Let’s Dream Big Dreams — And Let’s Decide To Make The Impossible…….Possible!
Everyone, at some point of his or her life, has dreamed of being somebody special, somebody big. Who hasn’t fantasized about being the one who hits the game-winning homer? Who hasn’t dreamed of being the homecoming queen?
And how many times have we dreamed of being rich, or successful, or happy with our relationships?
Have you dreamed a big dream? Do you already have a big dream in mind?
Often, we do dream the big dreams and have great aspirations. Unfortunately, our dreams tend to remain just that – dreams. And our aspirations can easily collect dust in our attic.
This is a sad turn of events in a life. Instead of experiencing exciting adventures in self actualization, we get caught up in the humdrum of living from day-to-day just barely existing. We settle for less. We live a “settle for” life….
But you know what? Life could be so much better, if only we learned to aim higher.
The most common problem to setting goals is the word ‘impossible’. Many people get hung up thinking I can’t do this. It’s too hard. It’s too impossible. No one can do this. They give it up and quit on themselves before they start.
However, if everyone thought that, there would be no inventions, no innovations, and no breakthroughs in human accomplishment.
On the other hand, some people suffer from dreaming totally outrageous dreams and not acting on them. The result? Broken dreams, and tattered aspirations.
If you limit yourself with self-doubt, and self-limiting assumptions, you will never be able to break past what you deem impossible. If you reach too far out into the sky without working towards your goal, you will find yourself clinging to the impossible dream.
What is the answer? What should you do? Try this exercise.
Take a piece of paper and write down some goals in your life, and separate them into three categories. Under one header, list down things ‘you know you can do’. Under another header, write the things ‘you might be able to do.’ And under one more, list the things that that are ‘impossible for you to do.’
Now look at all of the headers every day, but strive to accomplish only the goals that are under things ‘you know you can do’. Check them off as you accomplish them.
As you slowly check all of your goals under that heading, then try accomplishing the goals under the other header – the one that reads ‘you might be able to do.’
As the items you wrote under things I could do are accomplished, you can move the goals that are under things that are ‘impossible for you to do’ to the list of things ‘you might be able to do.’
You are now moving the impossible to the possible, even probable!
As you continue to accomplish all the items on your lists, add some more to your impossible list, and bring some up to your possible list. Have some items on each list at all times and proceed to achieve your goals one by one.
As you move through this process, you will see that the goals you thought were impossible, become easier to accomplish. And . . . the impossible begins to seem possible after all.
You see, the technique here is not to limit your imagination. It is to aim high, and start working towards that goal little by little. However, it is unwise to set a goal that is truly unrealistic with your present belief system.
Start with your “possible” and work from there. Your confidence will soon skyrocket and pretty soon you will look back and see you have indeed done what seemed “impossible” to you.
Those who just dream towards a goal without working hard to achieve it, end up disappointed and disillusioned. They quit and live a “settle for” existence. Don’t settle for that kind of life.
On the other hand, if you told someone a hundred years ago that it was possible for man to be on the moon, they would laugh at you. If you had told them that you could send mail from here to the other side of the world in a few seconds, they would say you were out of your mind.
But, through sheer desire and perseverance, these impossible dreams are now realities.
Thomas Edison once said that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Nothing could be truer. For one to accomplish his or her dreams, there has to be had work and discipline. But take note that the 1% has to be a think-big dream, and not some easily accomplished goal.
Ask any gym rat and he or she will tell you that there can be no gains unless you are put out of your comfort zone. Remember the saying, “No pain, no gain”? That is as true as it can be… in all things.
So dream on, friend! Dream The Big Dream! Don’t get caught up in your perceived limitations. Impossible is just a word, don’t give it any more power than that. Think big and work hard to attain those dreams.
As you step up the ladder of progress, you will find out that the impossible has just become a little bit more possible, and even probable with your newly formed belief system. And that is a very exciting thought. Go For It!