Everyone who wants to achieve something must learn to set goals for oneself.
But there is a paradox, should we set a small and practical goal for ourselves? Or an ambitious but sky-high goal?
From a personal point of view alone, setting a “big goal” is more effective and more conducive to achieving our goals.
Because if we set goals for the long and ambitious, the lower the probability that we need to change them.
In fact, humans are very fickle, and when they highly evaluate themselves, they will consciously raise their goals.
And when we’re at our lowest, we like to lower our goals.
But by exploring the human subconscious, we find that everyone aspires to a stable and continuous state.
So we set goals that are larger or farther, which is more in line with the general psychological perception of human beings.
Setting ambitious goal at the same time is also related to the problems we will encounter in the execution process.
We know that in achieving our goal, we are bound to encounter all kinds of problems and obstacles.
If we set a small goal, then this happens when we run into a problem.
Our goals are obscured by problems, and we are unable to grasp the goals we set accurately and intuitively because they are blocked by them.
We will be stuck in a misunderstanding, looking at it all as a problem and a goal that we can’t see at all.
And once we can no longer focus on our goal, our confidence falters and we develop doubts and fears.
Then, in order to avoid the goal of being blocked and eliminate bad emotions, people tend to take the wrong approach – to find a new goal for themselves.
By setting a new goal, we may be able to solve the problem of blocking the goals in front of us and find them again.
But what if there’s another problem between us and the new goal? Do you want to continue setting a new goal?
In order to avoid problems time and time again, we look for and set a new goal again and again.
So from a long-term perspective, to solve this problem we must set an ambitious goal, not a small one.
Because when we set ambitious goals, so even if problems arise, they will not block our vision at all.
If we can see our goals clearly, then we can clearly know what we are fighting for.
Another benefit of setting big goals is that it enhances our sensitivity and perception of opportunities.
Because everyone tends to focus on things that are good for themselves, and big goals are good things for us.
It allows us to pay more attention to things that are relevant to our big goals, and by paying attention to them, we will be more interested in them.
At the same time, by paying attention we will find more opportunities, meet more new people, master more social resources.
Most of those who hold great wealth, resources and power set themselves ambitious goals early in their lives.
The advantage of this is that the problems they encounter are out of proportion to the goals they set.
It is for this reason that all problems are small compared to the objective and can be overcome, even in the circumstances.
I will end this with Ted Turner, the founder of CNN, as an example, to prove the point of setting ambitious goals.
When Turner was young, his father told him a recipe for success: Set himself a goal that would not be possible in his lifetime.
So the young Turner decided to build the world’s largest radio and television network, and finally, he succeeded in realizing his dream.
After the success, he was asked how he had overcome the obstacles in the pursuit of his dream.
Ted Turner replied that it doesn’t matter if something goes wrong because they’re not that big compared to my goals.
So I’ve never lost my way because of a problem, but I’ve been moving toward my goals.