It’s a new year. And while some of you may have set expectations for the year, there may be some of those that didn’t set goals at all. Instead, you’d like to move through the motions and do as you wish throughout the year. Regardless of the goal-setting strategy of your choice, you most likely have a few dreams you consistently imagine yourself doing as time passes. Goals that may seem too impossible to reach.
You could want to switch careers, go back to college, grow a full team, or even increase your income passively. Whatever that may be, you may feel like it’s incredibly impossible. And it may feel that way, but you can do it, it just may not happen overnight. And, you most likely will have to work hard to achieve these goals.
To help you and your team achieve the unachievable let’s run through some goal setting tips, and why and how we can accomplish impossible goals. First, let’s take a look at some popular figures that set what they felt was an impossible goal that you might have never even known about.
For those who don’t know, Charlie Chaplin was a monumental comic actor, composer, and filmmaker who rose to fame during the silent film era. Although many know his name now, he was actually thought to never make it in the industry. He went on to star in The Great Dictator (1940) and City Lights (1931).
Did you know this 6 time NBA champion was actually cut from his high school basketball team for being deemed “too short”? Well, he has 15 seasons and 1,072 games to show they made the wrong decision on that. With his keen motivation, hard work, and determination his impossible goal led him to be one of the greatest players of all time.
500 million copies of Harry Potter books and $7.7 billion dollars later the 12 different publishing companies that rejected her are definitely regretting their decision.
Once upon a time, this super-genius was actually considered strange for wanting a computer in every home and one in every hand. How did this story end? Well, you are reading this on your phone, tablet, or computer aren’t you?
So we’ve talked a bit about some famous figures that achieved the unachievable, but let’s now look at why we should even attempt to set these goals.
Why set impossible goals?
You may be thinking to yourself, “why would I set a goal that is simply unachievable?” When you set an impossible goal you have to expand your horizons, thinking and increase your motivation. You may think you’re unable to get to the point where you check off these goals. But what you may not know is the little things that can help you get there. For instance, you want to achieve a big project with your team before 2021 comes to an end. It may seem out of reach for now, but with the constant help from your team chipping away at the tasks at hand, you could be getting closer than you think. So what are some other reasons for setting these goals?
- You may be surprised with your progress
- Even if you do fail, you can still achieve smaller goals
- You may actually achieve the unachievable
- You may have a newfound outlook or motivation in life
- Do you really have anything to lose by trying?
How should you map out these goals?
To start, dream big. You may dream of a healthier lifestyle or a million-dollar home. Whatever your goal may be you need to outline some micro-goals to help you reach your dream goal. Nothing happens with a flip of a switch unless you win the lottery. By setting these micro-goals it will help you become less discouraged because as every small goal is completed you know you are closer to the end.
Going back to the big project you may want to achieve with your team, breaking down large goals into more attainable milestones will allow you to track and access what you need to do to get to where you want to be. We’ve attached a sheet on the right-hand side if you would like to start mapping them out!
Some goal-setting tips to keep in mind…
- Believe in yourself and act like what you want your future self to be. Encourage creativity and remember to take care of your personal wellness. Nothing can be achieved when your mind and body are overspent.
- If you fail, learn from your mistakes. We have all felt defeated when a goal we longed for didn’t reach the final stage. But take Walt Disney who was fired from the Kansas City Star for not having enough imagination and then going on to create the most magical place where dreams come true.
- Track your results consistently. If you don’t pay attention to where you are, how will you know where you’re going?
- Be patient! Bigger goals take longer to accomplish and you can’t be discouraged if things don’t happen as soon as you would like. Try taking a look back at your progress when feeling unmotivated. It’s always important to look at where you started.
“Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever. Don’t let your fears take the place of your dreams.” – Walt Disney