For some, a modest goal where success is easily achieved helps build confidence. Hey, we all like a “sure thing” from time to time, right? Some folks would rather hit a modest goal and appear successful than fall short of a wildly ambitious stretch goal and that’s simple programming honestly.
Here are 7 reasons why it’s important to set BHAG’s (big hairy audacious goals):
- Big goals challenge us to believe in what is POSSIBLE. The great thing about stretch goals is that they...well...stretch you--stretch you towards your goal, sure, but they also stretch your beliefs about what you are capable of and who you can be. You work harder, you get stronger, and in the process you shatter some of your internal glass ceilings.
- Big goals force us to lather, rinse, repeat (create better solutions). If the big goal ends in a fail, then you have achieved a new benchmark--forward. You get better at falling forward. And hey, forward IS forward.
- Enthusiasm can be tough to come by these days. When you let yourself dream--without forced constraints--it’s like tickling yourself awake. (And not like an annoying older sibling would do. But the legit happy “ahhhh-giggle-giggle!!” kind of tickling wakeup.) That kind of zippy enthusiasm is like a magnet for more positive energy. Positive energy leads to good things happening. You see where we’re going with this.
- Face it, serious success hinges on wild goals. Becoming pacified is so easy. But you cannot find a woman doing really, really amazeballs stuff with her life who is like: “Eh, I just woke up one morning and decided, yeah, it should be the same as yesterday. Yeah, I’ll take another yesterday, please.”
- Challenging yourself gives you the opportunity to “get real” with yourself. Some might describe the process like a caterpillar becoming a butterfly. Others might pen it more like puberty for your psyche. But either way, chasing a big goal brings up all your shit. And you will have the chance to make peace with and shed the skin that no longer fits The You 2.0.
- When you go after a big dream, you stop watering dead plants. Why? Because there’s no time! You’re doing something remember--a BIG something. You got no time for those stupid dead plants (or toast relationships, go-nowhere meetings, or soul-sucking jobs…).
- Lastly, big goals give you space to grow. The reason that most of us are unhappy most of the time is that we set our goals not for the person we’re going to be when we reach them, but we set our goals for the person we are when we set them.
At WANNABE we spend a lot of time star-gazing and talking about really, really Big Goals. If there’s not a decent chance you’ll fall short, then you’re probably not aiming high enough. All of these reasons are why we end each one of our podcast interviews on WANNABE Radio with the one BIG question - so, who do you WANNABE? Because we want YOU to stargaze too and then go crush those huge dreams of yours.