“I was never particularly ambitious. Things just happened.” So says cricket legend Ian Chappell.
Think about your own successes, those that put you in the top one percent, or even one-in-a-thousand. Were they chosen goals, or did the good outcomes just occur?
Example 1: Mark Zuckerberg didn’t plan on being a business star with Facebook. It began as a sort of game, an online jest.
Example 2: Supermodel Kate Moss was discovered at JFK airport in New York at the age of 14 while returning from a holiday with her parents.
Instead of having big audacious goals, perhaps all we need is to place ourselves in the way of opportunity, watch for natural or accidental gains, then develop them as far and fast as possible.
Goals are often applied to activities in which feel “behind” or inferior, eg weight loss or passing exams. These goals help us succeed, although the results are unlikely to be world-beating. They may simply raise us to normal levels.
This type of achievement can be even more satisfying than where we outrun a lot of people and finish up in the leading bunch.
But the really top results may be those that were never actually planned.
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