I don’t think anyone really doubts the power of setting goals, but often times we set goals that don’t challenge ourselves. We all know the quote:
"The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and miss it, but we aim too low and reach it." — Michelangelo
Setting goals that don’t challenge ourselves will always leave us with that feeling of “What could have happened if I really went all out?” Any time there is a feeling of what could have happened, there is immediately regret.
Regret is not something I am prepared to live with. I never want to look back and say “What If?”
This weekend I set a pretty ridiculous goal for myself. I play on a competitive kickball team and yesterday was the playoffs and finals. Our team was back to back league champions and looking to go for our third straight title. (If you doubt how serious some people take Hoboken Kickball just look at the reaction of the sidelines when you score a winning run.)
So, I am the pitcher for my team and my personal goal for the playoffs was to not allow a run to score. We have a very solid defense, but these are the best teams in the league. I figured if they couldn’t score a run against us, then we couldn’t lose.
Well, they did score a run. One run in two games against me. We won the semifinals 2-0 and the championship game 3-1.
So, technically I failed to achieve my ridiculously high goal I set for myself (and if you know how competitive I am then you know I don’t like missing my goals), but it all worked out in the end. Three time reigning champions!!!
Moral of the Story: It is always better to aim to high and fall slightly below your target than to aim too low and hit your mark. Aim too high and miss and you can still win the championship.