I never set goals when I was younger. I didn’t like the concept. It felt like setting yourself up to fail. It sounded corporate.
But thanks to Todd Herman’s definition: “it’s not reaching the goal that’s exciting. It’s becoming the person you have to become to reach it”, I realised that goals can be fun… in fact, the more outrageous the better.
So I started setting embarrassingly big goals (like meeting Oprah)… not because I think I’ll ever reach them but because they hold me to the highest standard I can think of and force me to dig deep and draw out my very best.
There are days when I don’t feel like doing the work. And there’s a part of me that tells me that’s ok, the same part of me that thinks it’s ok to eat ice cream for breakfast (ooh… ice cream!).
But there are parts of my life where I want to excel, to do better than I ever imagined was possible and the only way to get there is to have a higher standard than I can imagine ever reaching and doing the work every day to get closer.
So on the days when I don’t feel like doing the work, when sitting down to write feels like a chore, when I feel like opting out of the consistency that leads to quality… slowly, I hear Oprah’s voice saying:
Girl… put down that Haagen Dazs and live up to some audacious standards!
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