There is a lot of truth to this quote just like many other quotes. And just like many other quotes, it is easier said than done. There are other factors that come into play when it comes to goal setting. It would be great if you could just read a quote from some dead guy and apply it to your life. You might have heard the saying, ‘You can choose to be happy.’ Maybe, but for how long? It is obviously not that easy. Maybe you have little power over your emotions but being able to set your goals high should be a different story. So then how come so many people don’t try to achieve more?
Setting goals is a process just like any other process. You have to have ice skates before you can learn to tie them. You have to learn how to tie them before you can attempt to skate badly. Once you learn how to skate decently then maybe you will think of trying to skate faster and then maybe you will want to learn how to power stop.
In life, some people start at level 1 and some people start at level 5. When you start at level 5 it’s much easier to see level 8,9 or 10 and believe you can get there. If you start at level 1, level 8,9,10 seems as unbelievable as being able to grow a third arm. When you are at level 1, you think you can be happy for the rest of your life if you reach level 5. When you start out at level 5, you don’t think you can happy forever staying at level 5 and definitely don’t want to go to 4 and under.
Then it will just take someone who starts out at level 1 longer to reach level 10, right? Probably but most of the time it just won’t even happen. Another factor in life is age. Age is just a number but as the number goes up, it can take a toll on your mind and inner strength. You get tired of fighting and you’re less optimistic and hopeful.
Another major factor is the people you have along side you in your developing years and after. If they can inspire you and guide you then that will make all the difference. If you’re stuck surrounded by people who inspire you that good enough is good enough then that might just be good enough. If your parents are lawyers, doctors or are successful in their occupation then it’s not likely that you are going to decide to be an auto mechanic. Plus if they are successful they have a decent idea how to teach you to be successful. I guess if you’re afraid your girlfriend will dump you then that can motivate you as well. “Okay Okay, I’ll do it.”
And of course, you will always have people tell you about some shoeless refugee who came from nothing but now has everything. There is also that guy who has no arms but can play guitar with his toes better than most people with their hands but I think he’s the exception. I’m not saying just because you came from not much that you can’t or shouldn’t shoot for the stars. I’m just saying there’s more challenges. Challenges that people don’t seem to be aware of and don’t want to believe would impact the position they are in life if they had to face those hurdles themselves.
Perhaps always wanting more can be for egomaniacs but I think not wanting more too soon will often leave you feeling lifeless.