We live with our dreams. That dream can make us grow, move forward, and overcome any challenges. No matter what your goal is, starting a business, helping people be happy, or simply buying a car, your dream matters! As Oprah Winfrey says:
“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”
It is essential to set goals in life because it defines where I am going, what I choose to do, and what I want from life. After all, what would be the point of living if we hadn’t any purpose?
In the famous book of Lewis Carroll, called Alice in Wonderland, when Alice meets the Cat, she has an interesting conversation:
– Would you mind telling me, please, which way should I take from here?
“That depends largely on where you want to go,” said the Cat.
– I don’t much care where…! – Alice said.
“Then it doesn’t matter the address,” said the Cat.
But Why is it important to aim high to success? In order to answer this question, Mindsetopia has to tell you a short story. Listen up:
Once upon a time, there was a sick father on the deathbed who wanted to tell his three children about the hidden treasure on their farm.
“There is a hidden treasure on the farm; it can make you all unbelievably rich.” said the sick father.
“Really father? How can we find it? Where is it?” said the boys.
“I don’t know it my sons. But I am quite sure that it’s hidden somewhere on the farm. take up the necessary tools and plow the farm with the oxen and horses, I promise you that you will find it!“
The next day the father passed away, and after the funeral, the boys started searching for the treasure. They plowed every corner of the farm in order to find the treasure, but there was nothing there! They all became disappointed.
Then their mother came to them with a letter from the father.
The mother said: “your father gave this letter to me and told me to give it to you if you couldn’t find any treasure on the farm.”
The boys opened the letter:
“My dear sons, if you are reading this letter, it means that you haven’t found any treasure, but I have to tell you the truth. You have already seen the treasure! The farm itself is the real gold! I knew that you are too lazy to work on the farm, so I told you about the farm treasure, which made you work to on it! Now you can sow the seeds on the farm, and after reaping, you will get your treasure!
All the best,
Although the boys were shocked, but they had no choice but to move forward. So, they did as the wise father asked, and finally, by selling the crops, they became wealthy.
There are two important notes about this story: One, the boys had a high purpose and, although there was no treasure, but they became rich. Two, that aim and goal gave them the motivation to plow the whole farm without complaining about the difficulty.
When you aim high for success, you can overcome any difficulty because you know that high aim requires high effort. Richard Brandson, the legendry entrepreneur and the owner of 400 companies, says:
“If your dreams don’t scare you, they are too small.”
Go for a high purpose and remember the secret to success is to aim high, start something small and keep on moving forward. But is it necessary to aim high? Shouldn’t we have an ordinary life?
Well, here are 12 reasons Why is it important to aim high to success.
12 Reasons Why Is It Important To Aim High To Success
1- It can turn us into a better version of ourselves
If you wonder about the reason for having big goals, consider this. Big dreams are a really powerful way to improve your progress and personal growth and eventually turn you into a better version of yourself.
When you aim high, your mind knows that in order to achieve it, you have to stand up and work hard to get it. There is no shortcut through it! Every big success goes through the valley of hardworking, pain, and effort.
But at the end of the journey will not be the same person as you were at the beginning. You will grow, and there is nothing more important than growing in life.
Let me give you an example: suppose you have a high purpose of losing 20 kg weight and becoming a very in shape person. You know that it cant be achieved easily, so you start working hard when you get it you will be a totally new person. Just like a caterpillar who is now a beautiful butterfly. It is incredible, isn’t it?
2- It can be the source of motivation and inspiration
It does not matter in which stage of your life you are right now. Motivation can move you forward at any level. It’s like fuel for our progress.
Being motivated to achieve anything can be very effective and helpful. But what is the source of motivation itself? There are many factors, but having a big goal and thinking about it can be one of the biggest motivation sources!
In other words, big goals are the fuel for motivation. Let me give you an example.
Do you think Steve Jobs could be motivated if he did not have a big goal to have a great company called Apple? Definitely not. As Richard Brandson, the legendry entrepreneur and the owner of 400 companies, says:
“If your dreams don’t scare you, they are too small.”
This can be the formula:
Big goals are Motivation source > Motivation is needed to move forward > Move forward and achieve big goals.
But don’t get confused; even small goals can be motivating too. You don’t always need to aim for the moon. For instance, if you want to lose weight, you push yourself in the gym, and then at the end of the week you weigh a pound less, you’ll feel pretty good, and you should. You are doing what you decided to do.
3- Big goals make you responsible
Another main purpose of having big goals is to hold you responsible for your actions. If you have decided that you need to do something, you must take the necessary steps to achieve it.
If you’re not consistently reaching your goals, you know you need to work harder and crack down on your actions that are not meeting your goals.
The opposite is also true: If you are quickly achieving your goals, you probably need to challenge yourself more. Big goals shouldn’t be too easy to achieve; if they are, then they are not really goals.
With your big goals set, you can’t lie to yourself. When you honestly reflect, you will see that:
- You are taking actions that bring you closer to your goals and achieve them.
- You take actions that bring you closer to your goals, but your goals are not realistic, so you do not achieve them.
- You are not taking the necessary steps to achieve your goals.
You can’t get away with vague excuses like bad weeks or stress. If you have a big goal, then you have to accept big responsibility.
4- Big dreams make you more creative and intelligent
When you want to achieve something, you will face many challenges and problems. The point is in order to solve these new problems you cant use old ways.
You have to push your mind to go beyond its limits, and that exactly where the magic happens. You will find new ways and boost your creativity and intelligence in order to go to the next level of your goal.
Let me give you an example. Buying a car worth $3.000 can be achieved just by working a little bit harder or getting a loan or something like that. But what if you want to buy a car worth $70,000?
Old plans don’t work here. You have to start thinking and acting differently in order to get this purpose. It’s totally foolish to act in old ways and expecting to get new results!
This time you cant achieve it just by being an employee, you have to start a new business of your own and try to win at it. Then you will find yourself more creative and intelligent than before.
5- It helps you realize what you really want
Actions speak louder than words. If there’s a big goal that you set for yourself every year and you never manage to reach it, then you need to step back and really analyze your priorities.
There are many things that people assume they should want, and that is why they say they want them, but they never back them up with any action.
For example, it is one thing to say that you want to be a digital marketer, working remotely from anywhere, but it is quite another to take the necessary steps to achieve it. There is a fairly clear framework:
- Develop skills that will allow you to work primarily and remotely from a laptop and learn how to work with the necessary tools.
- Find a website or a company that hires people remotely or do it on your own as a freelancer.
- Gaining enough experience and skills to get the job.
But if you like where you work, if you like your colleges and your work environment and your company, maybe your goal is not to be a remote digital marketer.
It’s the big goals that you don’t achieve, or actually don’t even try to take, that are most enlightening. Just look at what you haven’t achieved and why it can really help you decide what you want, not what you say you want, to understand your goals better.
6- It gives you direction and takes you out of your comfort zone
One of the reasons big goals are so important is that they guide you from your comfort zone into a place where you will grow. You know that to achieve these goals, they will move you from your comfort zone, which can be a good reason for your growth.
As Brain Tracy says:
“The comfort zone is the greatest enemy of courage and confidence.”
By having a big dream, you don’t have any other choice but to leave this zone and find your courage And confidence there.
Nobody has ever achieved a high aim without going beyond his or her comfort zone, so shake it and move!
7- You will be the source of inspiration for others
It’s not always about us, sometimes it’s about others, the people, your friends, your little brother or sister, the world or even poor people that you don’t know them.
When you set a significant purpose and get it, you will be an example that can be a perfect inspiration for other people. They will look at you and say, If he did that, then I can do it too.
You can change not only yourself but also other people, your neighbor or even the people. Let me give you an example:
Do you know how the world is changed since the invention of great companies like Facebook and Microsoft? Arent their founders, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, the source of inspiration for others now? Surely they are.
You may say I can’t be like Bill Gate, but the fact is that he is as same as you, just like he said many times. They had a big goal, and they tried very hard to achieve it, and they finally did!
Can you see the impact of a big dream on the world now?
I love this quote from the Pursuit of Happiness by Will Smith:
“Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. You got a dream, you gotta protect it.”
Don’t let other people’s opinions take you down, go on and turn this world into a better one!”
8- It can help you to attract people like you
When you have a big goal, you choose a path where only a few people like you go. But you will attract and find these people.
You can’t be distracted by people who care only about celebrity news! Who live aimlessly! No, when you have a high dream, you will find people who are just like you.
I love this quote about your friends:
“SHOW ME YOUR FRIENDS AND I’LL SHOW YOU YOUR FUTURE”
You‘re the average of the five or ten people spend the most time with, and that is the truth.
When you choose to aim high, then you will attract people who are just like you.
9- It can help you overcome mental blocks
There are many mental blocks, such as laziness, procrastination, wrong priorities, and perfectionism. Setting a big goal can help you overcome these pain points.
How? Let me give an example of procrastination.
If you’re wasting too much time on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram when you should be working, you can use goal-setting to get back on track.
Start by setting up some time tracking software and set a goal of less than, say, 30 minutes of social media time during your workday.
Remember, the goal must be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound: less than 30 minutes a day is okay, while trying to go straight to zero is not very possible.
With a big goal in your mind and a way to follow it, you are ready to fix your procrastination.
You can see if you managed to keep your social media usage to less than half an hour at the end of each day.
If you made it, well done! Pat yourself on the back and enjoy the little thrill of victory and personal pride. If not, you should see why you failed and try the next day again.
Whatever the mental block, there is a way to use goal-setting to get around or overcome it.
10- It opens new paths and opportunities
When you choose to have a high purpose, you will face many obstacles on the path, and by overcoming these paths, you will find new opportunities that can lead you to more success.
That is the reason why great entrepreneurs have achieved many unbelievable opportunities in the way. They think big, go for big dreams, and finally, big opportunities will be unlocked for them.
Your mind can be strengthened by pushing and working on it, and when it reaches high potential, you will find new opportunities in life.
Just like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, who aimed to be great actors and finally achieved and found many opportunities on the way, you can achieve many opportunities too.
11- It helps you to comprehend the meaning of life
Having a high goal can give you a new and unique meaning of life. Those who have a dream wake up at 5 a.m, work even 15 hours per day, and study many books!
For these people, life has a different meaning. They have a totally different perspective toward everything! Hard-working is not unpleasant anymore! They love what they do!
As Marc Anthony says:
“If you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life.”
Even after they achieve that high purpose, they act differently. The best example here is Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft.
After building Microsoft, Nowadays Bill gates only purpose is to change the world and turn it into a better place. he spends a lot of his time and money helping people, and by the time he has died, he has planned to donate about of his 95% wealth for charity purposes.
See? a big goal can turn you into a very extraordinary human.
12- It will help you to unlock your true potential
Do you really know what your biggest potential is? How far can you go? for most people, the answer is not yet!
A big dream can unlock your true potential. It can lead you to a place where you couldn’t even imagine before!
Don’t get me wrong! There is nothing bad about living small and being happy! But what if you could be extraordinary?
What if you had a destiny? How would you feel if you knew that there is a mission in your life that you have to accomplish?
So, what do you think? Is it important to aim high to become successful? Let me know in the comments.