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A popular business author is known for his 10x book and program. The basic idea is that he recommends taking your goals and adding a zero to the end of each of them—making them 10 times higher.
Why? Higher targets create the momentum to reach higher goals.
This is true in business and other areas of life. We often settle for safe goals we know we have a good chance or reaching. An athlete wants to improve his free throw percentage by five percent. The goal is reasonable and doesn't take too much effort.
But if that same athlete wants to increase his free throw percentage by 50 percent, the amount of work it will take will be much greater. The goal is still possible, but it's not as easy.
We tend to settle for goals we can easily cross off a list rather than epic goals that require major changes to our routine.
How can we choose bigger goals? We must think bigger and then act upon those thoughts. For example, I enjoy running. At one point, I told myself my goal would be to run 10 miles without stopping.
It didn't take too long to reach that goal. Why not? It was reasonable. Lots of people have run 10 miles.
But what about 100 miles? Could it even be done? I did some research and discovered there are actually races where people complete 100 miles or more in a race. I made a giant goal of taking on a 100 mile race. The practice took several months and the actual race was the most difficult thing I have ever physically attempted.
But I met the goal.
How? I set a big goal and took the steps necessary to reach it.
Here are three ways to create bigger goals in your own life.
Way #1: Make your goal a habit.
My current goal is a daily run streak. After reading about some runners who have run at least a mile a day for years or even decades, I decided to see what this would look like for me.
I started with a seven-day goal. So far, I've run at least five miles a day for 21 straight days. I would have never reached this goal without choosing something bigger than I had ever tried and making the effort to actually do it.
Way #2: Break your goal into smaller parts.
If your goal is to complete your degree or a master's degree, for example, your energy will be high to start, but will fade at some point in the first semester of courses. To help, break your big goal (the degree) into smaller goals.
Complete the next paper, the next course, the next term, and repeat. When you can't focus on the end goal because it is too far away to clearly see, focus on the next step toward your larger goal.
Way #3: Envision your life after completing the goal.
This part is key: You won't complete major goals you don't care about. But if you're mind is focused on what your life will feel like, be like, and look like upon completion of your goal, you can endure the uncomfortable steps necessary to get there.
If major goals were easy to achieve, everyone would do it. Because they are difficult, only those who are highly motivated, work hard, and endure have the opportunity to see their goals become reality.
You can be a person who lives to make and meet your goals in life. You don't have to wait for someone to give you permission. Pursue your goals today.