Dreaming Bigger

July 14th, 2010

I set goals. Lots of them. In every area of my life. Most of them are personal and not many people, if any, know anything about them. However, some I share with some of my closest friends. I cannot even count, or remember, all the goals I have set in the last week. That’s okay. But, that’s nowhere near the point of what I have to share with you today.

The other day I had a text conversation with a good friend of mine:

Him: Hey, how is (insert personal goal I had shared with him) going?

Me: Not as well as I want, but I haven’t put much time into accomplishing it.

Him: Give it time, it’ll work out.

Now, I could have said “Yeah, I guess.” or “Meh, maybe I won’t be able to accomplish it.” But if you know me at all, you know I didn’t say anything near those statements.

What I said was: “I’m not worried. I never want to reach any of my goals. If I set the bar where I can reach it, I’m not dreaming big enough.”

That is exactly how I feel about all of my goals. As humans, we are naturally lazy. We will do just enough to get by. I am that way, if the expectations are set low enough to easily reach them. But, give me a large goal, or even better, tell me I can’t do it… You bet I will accomplish that. I am stubborn. Those of you who know me well, know that I am one of the most stubborn people in the world. Wonder where I get that? I will do what it takes to win a bet. Within reason, of course.

Recently a friend bet me that I couldn’t get him 600 followers “before Saturday at noon.” This was Monday evening. I knew I could easily get people from #TeamFollowBack on that and reach the 600. He said he owed me dinner if I could reach it. Knowing that 600 wouldn’t be a problem at all, I challenged, “What if I double that?” He said, “1200? If you can get me 1200 followers before Saturday at noon, I will find you a giant stuffed munkie.” (No relation to Steven. Those of you who know what that means, I hope you laughed.)

So, I set out to get my friend 1200 followers. I accomplished the 600 followers by Thursday at about 3:00 pm.  I knew that 1200 was going to be a long shot, but I kept plugging away at it, trying my hardest to get the other 600. I didn’t end up getting anywhere near 1200, but that wasn’t the point. The point was that I fought.

Had I gotten to the 600 and said, “That’s enough, I win.” — How accomplished would I have felt? Sure, I won the first part of the bet. But if there’s no fight, there’s no real accomplishment.

I don’t like bets if there is no challenge to it. The same goes for goals and accomplishments. I refuse to set the bar low enough to reach by stretching my arms. If I can touch it without trying hard, I am not dreaming as big as I should be. I want to be reaching for bigger and better things in all aspects of life, every second of every day.

I can be a better person. I can make my body more healthy. I have several bad habits that I can stop. I can trust God more. I can learn more. I can treat people better. I can find better ways to handle situations.

No matter how well I am doing at any of those things, I am human and can improve myself. You can probably examine yourself and your own life and find things to improve. But don’t set the bar too low. I say you throw your goals into the sky and see how close you can get. If you ever reach any of them, throw them into the sky again, and try harder.

We are human. There will always be room for improvement in any aspect of our lives. We will never be without flaw or mistakes. But we can sure try, right?

Have a great day, guys. Stay safe.


3 Responses to “Dreaming Bigger”

  1. Meghan on July 15, 2010 11:52 am

    shoot for the moon, even if you miss you’ll land among the stars!! =)

  2. Travistico on July 17, 2010 5:01 pm

    Hey munkie… I feel the same somtimes.. others I dunno it feels like some personal goals I set very high and then I shot for it.. and if I fail I have a nice fallback excuse. Being able to gauge what I actually can or cannot do in any given time frame is important to goal setting if your goal is to improve your “goal achieving performance”. I think it defiantly matters what kind of goal it is.

    Funny enough I think like you all that all the time.. just your blog post makes me try to look at it from my less perspective.

  3. djhashbrown on July 19, 2010 11:59 am

    That’s a good way to think about things.

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