Goals are cool.
They are important.
And they have become the norm.
Which is brilliant.
It’s really uncommon these days to come across people who haven’t heard, or don’t set, goals.
This is a great trend.
Great progress compared to the time when the famous Harvard study on goal setting was done, a time when setting goals just was not common.
So this is definitely progress.
We, in general, are moving in the right direction.
However, there is still ways to go.
The challenge now is aiming high enough.
Setting big goals.
People get mired in the idea of setting “realistic” goals.
What happens as a result aren’t goals that are just realistic, but rather goals that do not stretch people – goals that are easy to accomplish.
So comfort zones are not stretched much, if at all.
If you shoot for the moon and fall short, you will still go much further than you ever would have otherwise.
SMART goals are great.
But there’s no reason why you can’t also stretch yourself.
If you have a big dreams, the only way you will achieve them is by setting big goals.
By stretching yourself.
Your goals should challenge you, and stretch you.
Even setting small goals is better than setting none.
But what is better is setting big goals.
You are capable of more than you can even imagine.
PS. Check out Peter Diamendis’ “moonshots” as well as “big hairy audacious goals (BHAGs)” to learn more about setting big goals.