I think it was Les Brown who said “shoot for the moon, and even if you miss, you’ll be among the stars.”
Sometimes, we feel scared to aim high in life. It’s better to have low expectations, we figure, because that way, win or lose, we’ll never be disappointed.
Not getting the things you hoped for can be discouraging, and it happens to everyone. I’m still not completely over not being elected homecoming king during my senior year in high school. But life goes on.
If anything, I’ve learned from defeats that I need to put more effort in to achieving future goals, not less. More faith. More planning. More passion. More quiet time where I sit alone and visualize myself already having achieved the final result. That’s a major key, by the way.
Most of us are lazy. In some ways, it’s easier to just stagger through our days and weeks rather than put an audacious plan together and go for it. But things that are worth accomplishing are usually harder, and rightfully so. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers just won the championship. In some ways, it’s easier to be an L.A. Clipper than a L.A. Laker. The Clippers played fewer games, suffered fewer injuries, and still all got paid pretty well. But walking down the streets of L.A. today, which would you rather be?
Set high goals, and be willing to work for them. Even if it doesn’t work out, you will learn more, meet more people, and gain more experience from trying than you would from not, and that will all make the next success that much more attainable.