We’ve all had a coach or a mentor of some sort who has aimed to motivate us in one way or another.
I’m sure you can still remember the words of encouragement: “shoot for the stars” or “set the bar high”, but I’m here to tell you to do the opposite… at least to a certain extent.
Just so were clear, my purpose of writing this isn’t to persuade you to be complacent with a sedentary lifestyle of laziness, but rather to simply set goals that are realistic for you to achieve.
Let me explain.
Setting the bar low allows you approach your goals in bite-sized chunks instead of stuffing your mouth full of more food than you can chew.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s important to have dreams and aspirations in life. I’m only advising you to be honest with yourself with that which you choose to pursue.
For example, a bodybuilder doesn’t just make the decision to get strong and then immediately start by lifting triple their bodyweight. It’s a process that involves adding weight in small increments until their muscles grow strong enough to put up the amount they desire.
So, why would you treat your personal endeavors any differently?
Tackling your ambitions bit by bit motivates you to continue along the path of success. It’s far more uplifting to divide your goal into pieces that you can consistently achieve while working towards the bigger picture than to become overwhelmed and frustrated with the act of taking it all on at once.
It’s the equivalent of diving headfirst into the deep end when you don’t even know how to swim!
It’s also pointless to compare yourself to others when striving to hit the targets that you have set. President Roosevelt once said that “comparison is the thief of joy” and I couldn’t agree more.
Everyone is different and each individual possesses certain strengths and weaknesses that differ across the board. Only you know your true potential and capabilities for reaching these goals.
There’s no need to compare yourself to the people that surround you. Work at your own pace, but be honest with yourself when striving to complete the task at hand.
Avoid choking on the ambitions that you’ve chosen to pursue by cutting them up into bite-sized chunks and digesting them at a speed that works for you.
You’ll find that incorporating this strategy is both more rewarding and efficient in terms of your personal success.