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When we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is; when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be. What Frankl is saying is that you can choose greatness for your life.
High Expectations: When to be Unreasonable (And When to Take It Easy)
Reaching your full potential is not something that happens by mere chance, but rather is the result of marching towards a destination that is beyond what you would typically try to achieve. In other words, everyone is battling to achieve mediocre results. If you shoot for something totally out of the ordinary, however, you'll find very few people doing the same thing. As a result, there is a certain magic to choosing very difficult goals.
If you can get the ball rolling on them, then they are often quite easy to achieve. I frequently talk about the power of small wins and daily habits , so you might be confused to hear me talk about how wonderful big, unreasonable goals can be. Most of the time you should focus on building repeatable, daily habits. This is especially true if you're trying to do something new. In my opinion, focusing on proving a stronger identity to yourself always lays the groundwork for achieving better results later on.
The Power of High Expectations
Setting extreme performance goals rarely works as well as focusing on building the identity of a winner. My girlfriend loves animals, so I wanted to do something fun that centered around that.
A normal goal would involve some type of zoo experience or a petting zoo. Instead of doing that, however, I decided to try something bold. I called around to see if anyone would let us feed the animals and get a private tour. I ended up convincing a guy at an animal sanctuary to show us around.
We had a private tour of the cat house and reptile house, and we fed a —pound white tiger named Niko. Now you may or may not think this is a cool experience, but the point is that asking permission to do something totally unreasonable is often more possible than you think because you're not competing with anyone else.
If you want to build a new identity for yourself , then you should start small. But if you have a goal that requires approval from someone else, then you should try something bold because the competition is basically non—existent. Even though I'm telling you not to choose big goals when it comes to performance or appearance, I know you still might be feeling like you should.
I'm going to continue to preach the power of good habits, but if you're set on reaching for a big performance goal, then there is one thing you need to know…. When pursuing any goal, no matter how big or small, remember to appreciate how far you have come. The first thing that many of us do when we fail to reach the high goals that we set for ourselves, is to feel depressed because we have failed. I struggle with this just as much as anyone else.
The truth, of course, is that even if we never reach our high goals, we are much better off than we were before. This is exactly what Victor Frankl was talking about in the video above. But it is very easy to feel like a failure, even if you are much better than you were at the start. The balance that you need is a combination of appreciation and achievement. Do your best to become your best and be grateful for what you achieve along the way. I want nothing more than for our community to be filled with people who are setting their sights on goals that matter, battling to raise the bar, and enjoying the life that they are creating for themselves.
The Surprising Benefits of Being Unreasonable
We don't care where you're starting from. We don't care how far you think you are from the unreasonable goals you have for yourself. If you're a member of this community, then it doesn't matter where you're coming from because you're not staying there. You're becoming something better. To learn more, check them out here.
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