The Importance of Big Difficult Goals

One of the many hotly debated areas of goal setting is whether to have some really big
goals. The thinking behind this is that they help you stretch and grow, as well as
helping to open you up creatively to find goals that may not be apparent in your
immediate life. The counter argument to this is that having really hard goals reduces
your odds of achieving them and can create levels of frustration that throw you off
completely from goal setting.
I tend to fall into the first camp. I believe that if the goal is well aligned with your
priorities and values, and you go through a thorough planning exercise, you can
determine what needs to happen to achieve the goal.
Part of why so many people live mundane lives is that they fall victim to setting the bar
of their goals too low. This can lower your expectation of yourself and creates false
limits. It is still essential to have realistic goals for self development, as they will both
help you grow and give you the confidence to pursue bigger goals. That said, you must
also have a big goal. One that will take a long time and much hard work to achieve.
These large long-term goals also provide bigger timelines to let you fit in other
elements of your plan and to build a rich and varied life.One of the most compelling
reasons though is that research has also shown that people who have set a large goal
and are working toward it have long-term productive satisfaction and higher levels of
happiness than those who don’t.
So, when the effects of having big difficult goals is to quite possibly achieve things that
the majority of the population don’t even dream of doing and being happier, there
really isn’t any question in my book as to whether or not to set them.

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