Becoming Extraordinary: Guidelines for Reaching High
The stuff I read about goal setting is dangerous because it works.
The thing you seek shapes you.
Big goals destroy us when we achieve the wrong thing.
Many lose what matters in the pursuit of fool’s gold. Reaching high corrupts life and distorts outlook when done poorly.
Guidelines for becoming extraordinary:
#1. Choose extraordinary.
Aim to become an extraordinary person.
Sir Edmond Hillary said, “People don’t decide to become extraordinary. They decide to do extraordinary things.
I want to add a necessary dimension to Hillary’s quote. Meaningful goals are more important than climbing Mount Everest. Hillary said her greatest work was help the sherpa people.
Extraordinary people love deeply. I have never met a hateful person worthy of respect.
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#2. Define achievement.
You get more when you aim for Mars, even if you don’t get there. (As long as Mars goals motivate action.)
Look skyward when aiming for Mars, not Las Vegas. Someone said, “Aim for the moon. If you miss it, you’ll still land among the stars.
Modern quotes about aiming high may have begun with a poem by Anglican poet and priest George Herbert, who died in 1633. In the poem “The church-porch,” he writes…
Put your behavior low, your projects high;
Thus you will be humble and magnanimous:
Don’t sink in spirit; who aims for the sky,
Shoots much higher than the tree signifies.
A grain of glory mixed with humility
Cures both fever and lethargy.
Herbert reminds us to be humble when we reach high. “Pitch your behavior low…” Aiming high doesn’t make you special. Any fool can aim high.
#3. Clarify assessment.
A noble purpose gives meaning to the tapestry of life.
When setting lofty goals, ask, “Is this how I want to measure my life?” »
What’s wrong with setting high goals? Useful?