Easy goals only cheat yourself. Dream big.

The only thing that holds you back from your true potential is fear.

We hear a lot about the level of commitment it takes to achieve success. The insatiable ambition of an entrepreneur. Many of us fall into the great divide between setting simple goals and overly ambitious ones. How does each affect our momentum toward greater success and how do we differentiate the two?

Easy goals are only cheating yourself

It’s the difference between getting a medal at the Olympics and getting a participation award in a class you pay for.

Whether it took you an hour, or ten years, it feels good to achieve your goals. It’s easy to set goals that are obtainable with that in mind. You don’t have to worry about failing that way. It’s like a lawyer that has never lost. But when you dig a little deeper you realize it’s only because he took cases that he could not lose. That kind of success doesn’t mean as much when put into perspective.

Don’t sell yourself short by setting goals that are too easy to achieve. It’s the difference between getting a medal at the Olympics and getting a participation award in a class you pay for. The only thing that holds you back from your true potential is fear.

Joe Sorge, owner of AJ Bombers, is a very successful entrepreneur.  He has capitalized on utilizing Social Media as an engagement platform. Wrote a popular book. Ate a few burgers. Made a ton of friends, was recognized for the “I’m on a boat” FourSquare badge and will be featured on Travel Channel’s Food Wars this season.

Without conquering his fear and taking large leaps of faith in his ability to succeed none of that would exist and the lives of thousands would be different on various levels. Interesting to think about isn’t it?

Small achievements make way for big success

When you reach each checkpoint take a moment to reflect back and see how much progress you have made.

Having small achievements is important to maintain momentum to much larger ones. But, like I mentioned above, it’s important you don’t confuse the two.

When I wrote an article about Chris Brogan switching to the Genesis WordPress theme I was proud of the end result. When Chris came to my blog and left a comment explaining his stance it became a small achievement. It doesn’t affect my status or success in anyway but it was a great moment for me. A small, unplanned, achievement that continues my own personal momentum toward establishing my blog as an agent of differing thought.

It’s much easier to set a master goal and then break it into four smaller, more achievable, goals. If your master goal spans many years it will be easier to set monthly goals. Think of them as checkpoints. When you reach each checkpoint take a moment to reflect back and see how much progress you have made. You may surprise yourself.

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3 Comments

  1. AnonymousReplySeptember 28, 2010 at 5:38 pm 

    If you’d like a tool for setting your goals, you can use this web application:

    Gtdagenda.com

    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
    A Vision Wall (inspiring images attached to your goals) is available too.
    Works also on mobile, and syncs with Evernote.

  2. LaceyReplyMay 16, 2013 at 4:36 am 

    Great Article!

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