Goals and progress

I listened to a podcast episode recently on how goal-setting can not only drive you to achieve that goal, but also limits you to that goal. So while it gives you purpose in the moment, you could be shortchanging your potential.

So, what then, are we to do? Is a bigger goal the answer? Surely a bigger goal is nothing but a higher limit, and thus cannot be. What we can do, instead, is to set us up to get better at what we choose to do. To focus on improvement, and to challenge whatever limit we think there is.

The 4 minute mile was a limit, until it wasn’t anymore. So was the 10-second 100m dash. Humans have proven we can go further, if we choose to believe that the limits are just yesterday’s best, and we can be better.

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