This is a great time of year to talk about goals. There’s likely a good number of you reading this who have already given up on New Year’s Resolutions, or have decided on big goals which do not seem possible right now. I heard a great quote last week: You have to set goals that are almost out of reach. If you set goals that are attainable without much work or thought, you are stuck with something below your true talent and potential.
I spoke with one potential client last week who had 3 listed goals. Two of them were very "easy," i.e. the step-by-step instructions on how to do them was already known, and this person had every intention of doing them. There is nothing wrong with this, I just wouldn’t refer to them as goals, those are more along the lines of tasks. A goal, which if you dream big like me is perhaps even a little bit unreasonable, is a much different story. These types of goals do not have immediate step-by-step instructions available. If such instructions were readily available, then they wouldn’t be goals.
Set unreasonable goals. Don’t ever be afraid to be unreasonable when it comes to what you want to accomplish. To truly live up to your potential, you have to be this way at times. Make goals that truly are breakthroughs, then do whatever it takes to get them.