Yesterday I wrote a post about “aiming for the ideal” and how it can effect our lives and others around us. This post is an extension of that idea but pertains to the individual. Yesterday’s post showed us that aiming for the ideal can create vast changes in the world around us, but what if we were each to aim for the ideal in our own lives? We could drastically alter our own futures and make them anything we want.
“Aim for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” This is a quote I say to myself and have shared with many others I’ve come in counter with through the years. I don’t know where I picked it up, maybe an inspirational poster in a math class somewhere along the way. Who knows? But what I do know is that it is very true. The concept is the same as the idea of aiming for the ideal. The point isn’t to get to your ideal situation with everything in life but if you try to, and fall short, at least you’ll be much better off than if you had no direction or desire in the first place.
Think about a baseball player for a second. Lets say his ideal reality would be to surpass Barry Bonds for the single season homerun record. This baseball player sets out to achieve this goal and does all the work he can do to make it a reality. He trains, he hires trainers to help him train better, he seeks wisdom from other accomplished home run hitters, so on and so forth. This guy eats, sleeps, and breaths home runs. He does everything he can to keep himself healthy during the season and puts his hard training to the test for 162 games. By the end of the season he only hits 52 homeruns. He’s 22 homeruns short of the record. Some may think that he failed. But consider this. If 52 homeruns is all he hit, he still would have hit 9 more homeruns than anyone else in baseball this year. History tells us this type of performance should garner 12.9 million dollars, if he’s up for contract negotiation. Not bad for an up and coming ball player huh?
The point is that shooting for a very lofty goal can bring great success, even when you fail. This is why the concept of “aiming for the ideal” can have such a transformational effect on peoples lives, including your own.
I’ll share with you in this post my top 5 ways to always Aim For The Ideal.
- Watch a Movie – Huh? Really? Yes! I watch movies all the time. It’s a way to try out many different things in 2 hours or less. Do you like that guy’s lifestyle, home, car. My ideal is made up of thousands of images I’ve seen in movies and life around me. When someone asks me what type of life I’d like to have, I can point you to 5 minutes of a single movie and you’ll know exactly what I’m looking for. People always say, but that’s not real life, it’s a movie. Thats the point. I’m aiming for a very lofty goal so that if I fall short, my life will still be awesome.
- People Watch – Go to your favorite restaraunt or any space that has lots of people and a good vantage point. Take a tour in just watching unaware people. I do this all the time. It allows you to get out of your little world and see the world around you. After a while you’ll start to figure out the good the bad and the ugly. You might even find that some things you thought we bad in your life, are actually not bad at all. This activity gives you a good solid foundation for assessing what you really want.
- Study – Read biographies, historical books, and the news. Soak up as much “experience” as you can. I used to think I wanted to be in the oil business, but after reading two of Boone Pickens’ biographies I learned that the industry has change. Natural Gas is the new oil and if I wanted to go on the Boone Pickens ride, it wouldn’t be in oil, it would be Natural Gas, which is where I am now.
- Write it Down – Everytime you find something to add to your new ideal, write it down. Many people find something they like and they go after it…for a little while. If you will write down things you want in the future, then review them periodically you can do two things. You can assess what it will take for you to get where you want to be and also assess where you are now. It will also allow you to constantly remind yourself of what you wanted. Too often life boggs us down. Is your ideal body 60 lbs overweight? I doubt it, but somewhere along the way you forgot what you were aiming for and let it lose it’s priority all for the sake of other things. Reclaim your life and stay on track.
- Aim Big – I had a personal goal of being a millioniare before 30! How crazy is that! You know what, turns out it’s not so crazy after all. The only thing I really had to do was continuously make it a priority in my life. I was able to find the open doors that would get me there because I was looking for them. Because I was always aiming for such a lofty goal, I was able to create quite a bit of wealth in a short amount of time, even though to me, it didn’t seem like much. The point is, I never settled for anything less than what I wanted.
Don’t ever let anyone say that something is just not realistic. Everything is realistic if you’ll just actually go for it. Paint a picture in your head and don’t let it slip out of view. Day after day after day strive for the ideal life you’d love to have. Later on you’ll look back at the things you’ve accomplished and think, “Wow, that was huge.” You may not ever reach your ideal life but if you get even kind of close, your life will be truly amazing. Now go get it!