Many people who are just starting out in the business world are afraid to set unrealistic goals. The main reason why the majority of these never become successful is that they are seeking comfort in taking on tasks that are achievable in their perspective. They are trying to be realistic, and modest.
When I was a kid, the most successful person I ever met was a coffee bar owner. Everyone else was doing cleaning jobs, bartending, selling ice creams, or doing admin jobs in public services. Managers, directors, bankers – I saw them only on TV, and it seemed quite impossible that I will ever get an opportunity to do anything similar. There were only 2 universities in my home town – tourism and maritime.
Realistically, my worst-case scenario was to become a cleaning lady, and my best-case scenario was to become a hotel receptionist.
I am 25, and I managed to achieve things in life that seemed impossible to me in so many ways. Some people say I am lucky, but the truth is I am just persistent, smart, and I work very, very hard. Now I know that anyone can accomplish whatever they set to do – if they decide to believe in themselves.
Set unrealistic goals for motivation
Setting unrealistic goals can be quite tricky if you lack the confidence to do so. It is important to note that playing safe means that you will never grow in what you're doing. You will forever be stuck in the mindset that you're not good enough to do any better than you are right now. There are always excuses you can find, like the lack of opportunities in your area, your lack of education, lack of experience, or fear of the unknown. All of these are more mental than physical barriers, and all of them can be changed - if you want to, of course.
There are ways to grow step-by-step without compensating all that you currently have. Having said that, your wishes and dreams needn't suffer in this process. If you have a goal in mind - take baby steps. It might take five, ten, or twenty years - but if you don't lose sight of your destination, you will find a path sooner or later. In this article, I will set my personal story as an example of how setting ambitious and unrealistic goals helped me grow and become who I am today.
This is how I got from „This is impossible“ to
- "I did it"!
1. Think about your wildest, craziest ambitions.
1. Don't resort to thoughts like what can I do. Think – if I could do anything, what would I do? Set a goal.
I was 16 when I did this for the first time. I was sitting in front of my high school in a small city on the coast of Croatia and talking to one of my colleagues. I asked her what she wants to be when she grows up. She said that she wanted to work in an accounting office and hopefully get a safe job in one of the big companies.
- What about you? – she asked.
- One day, I will be a CEO and I will run companies on a few continents, probably in Dubai, London and San Francisco – I replied.
- And how are you planning to do that?
- I have no idea.
You don't have to know how to achieve something, it is important that you know where you are going. You have plenty of time to figure out how to reach your destination.