I ran across this Michelangelo quote: The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
What do you think about it? At first glance I thought it was pretty cool but then I had second thoughts.
People are always telling us to aim high, reach for the stars and dream bigger. That’s all well and good but sometimes setting our sights too high can actually keep us from reaching our goals.
Think about it. If you tell someone who can’t walk to set a goal of running a marathon how do you think that will make them feel? For a select few holding that vision will get them up out of that wheelchair, but for most the idea seems so far fetched they’ll probably just laugh at you. Or worse, get depressed because they see absolutely no way to make that happen. On the other hand, setting a goal of standing might be achievable. From standing they might take a few steps, then more until one day they’ve walked clear across the room. From there they might step onto the porch, walk down the driveway, then the street, then around the block. And maybe someday the idea of a marathon will seem not only doable but exciting!
If I could talk to Michelangelo I think I’d tell him that to me the greater danger is to let your first goal be your only goal, and forget that it’s simply one step toward better and better things.
What do you think?