I’ve recently worked through some new goals with the help of Michael Hyatt. I feel the struggle between “shoot for the stars” and picking goals I know I can accomplish. I hate that tension.
If I set a goal I know I can accomplish, I will feel good about accomplishing it (and won’t feel bad about not accomplishing it), but then I won’t push myself.
Here’s an example of what I mean – I would love to have access to a private jet. I think it would be amazing to pick up several colleagues of mine from all over the country, then fly overseas offering free chiropractic care to people in need, and be home on my schedule. A private jet would make that possible. But I had a coach tell me to cross that off my dream board because it’s not very attainable, it would be expensive to maintain, and a jet would be one more thing to worry about. His solution: “Fly first class. You can go anywhere you want to go for $5,000-$10,000 and you don’t have to worry about your jet needing maintenance.” He must have forgotten about flight schedules and security measures for bearded middle-easterners who ‘randomly’ get patted down at every airport.
So if I don’t set a goal to have access to a private jet, I won’t be disappointed if it doesn’t happen. On the other hand, if we shoot at nothing, we’ll get it every time.
Paul told the Ephesians, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:20, NIV) I can imagine having access to a jet. I’m not sure if it will ever happen, but I can imagine it. I will be happy whether I ever fly on one or not.
If God’s power is at work within us, I believe we should do the next right thing, and let Him do what He sees fit.