One day I decided to join a gym and put an end to my weight issues once and for all. My goal: Loose 10 kgs in one month. Is it impossible? I don’t care. Even the word impossible says I M Possible.
So I worked out like a donkey. Beat the sweat out of myself at the tread mill. Left my arms sore due to lifting dumb-bells.
One month later I checked my weight again. I lost 2 kgs. Not 10.
Now, that exactly follows the “Aim for the stars, even if you miss, you will land on the moon” philosophy.
It should have made me happy that I lost 2 kgs right? But no, I was very disappointed.
The point is, when you work so hard to reach the stars but somehow you land on the moon, you prove yourself wrong. You fail to stand your own expectations. You feel like a loser.
These days people have become more sensible so now they say, ”Aim for the moon, even if you miss, you will land on the roof top”. That’s closer to reality.
Wouldn’t it be easier if we simply aim for small yet achievable goals, and step-by-step progress towards greatness? It’s less poetic of course. I mean, it wouldn’t impress anyone if I say “Aim for the roof top, even if you miss, you will land on the….umm….sofa?”.
But that’s ok. Because setting unrealistically high expectations for yourself and for others leads to Perfectionism. That’s another concept so many of us get wrong. You can click here to read my thoughts about perfectionism and how it can ruin our lives.