Why You Need Unrealistic Goals
Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed the festive period. Now is the perfect time for you to begin your journey to world domination. Use this year to set yourself some huge, unrealistic goals that will inspire and motivate you through the months ahead. Forget about realistic, middle of the road goals. Realistic sucks. 2013 should be about pushing the boundaries of what you believe is possible.
I enjoy the fresh start January brings as much as the next guy but I’m not a fan of resolutions. Despite best intentions and new white sports socks, 88% of new year resolutions fail. Saying you want to lose weight or learn a language doesn’t resonate strongly enough to ingrain long term habits and deliver success. Instead you need big, unrealistic goals which are powerful and vivid in your mind. Shedding 100 lbs, learning Muay Thai and travelling to Thailand for a training camp is something that will inspire and excite you. Learning Japanese so you can set up your own foreign coaching centre gives you a strong vision that will get you jumping out of bed feeling energised every day.
These unlikely targets are often more achievable than you think. Small goals or milestones lack personality and gravitas. They sit at the back of your mind, easily forgotten and dropped by mid February. This is why I don’t dig small time resolutions. I like big, colourful images that grip you. You need a goal which you can’t forget about and which pushes you day by day out of your comfort zone and to seek continual improvement. By making your goals spectacular and unrealistic you fuel your own energy and motivation to succeed.
Leave the mediocre goals for the masses. Most people are too afraid to aim high so they settle for mid-level goals. This is where the competition is fiercest. Instead, aim for that top tier the majority are afraid to tackle. Even if you feel like you’re starting from square 1, don’t be afraid to think big. History is littered with people who didn’t have enough time, resources or experience and yet they still set themselves lofty goals. Never let your age, weight or any current limitations get in the way of crafting your own inspiring story.
As long as you set yourself unrealistic goals, you can still be satisfied with the results even if you don’t quite reach your initial target. If you set the bar high enough, falling short means you’ve still accomplished a huge amount. Ellie and I both dream about having complete mastery of natural human movement. Being able to perform techniques with control, fluidity and discipline like Erwan Le Corre. Maybe we will never reach this level of skill but at worst we should dramatically improve our health and fitness along the way.
If you’re struggling to set big unrealistic goals then take some time out to think about what drives you, what things are you passionate about and what makes you happy? Steve Jobs valued simplicity and innovation. The Spartans were all about self-discipline and service to the state. Use your own values to create goals that support your beliefs. If you deeply believe that physical strength is a core component of your personality, then use that thought to challenge yourself – no matter what your starting point. Just remember to think big and think unrealistic.
We’re interested in hearing your unrealistic goals. What do you have planned for 2013 and beyond?
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