There are times for stasis and times for growth. When it is time to expand it’s important to know where to focus your efforts. Look at the boundaries that define your reality today and push through them.
The world’s human population is almost 8 billion. That’s 8,000,000,000 people. As you set larger and larger goals look at how many lives you’re improving as a measure of impact on the world. You will always be able to do more.
You’re going to overestimate what you can do in the short-term. You’re going to underestimate what you can do in the long-term. Thus be audacious in your long-term goals and pragmatic with your near-term goals.
Being accountable is empowering. Extreme accountability means you accept everything is your fault and within your control. It’s not always going to be true. But that mindset will better position you to achieve your most ambitious goals.
An ambitious vision and goal can be energizing, but life is made up of small wins. The journey will be much more enjoyable when you take moments to appreciate and celebrate your micro-successes. This heuristic works for both individuals and teams.
It’s the forcing function on life. It gives you a brief window of opportunity to do something. Answering the “why, what, and how” of that thing is up to you. Those answers come when you have the courage to choose your own adventure. Others, here and past, will have opinions both good and bad.
Even after major successes in life we’ll have problems. New problems that manifest as we achieve goals and new goals are set. Cultivate perspective on this cycle. Know where we’ve been and where we’ve yet to go.