We all have two kinds of goals – the big goals and the little goals. The big goals are things like, “I’d like to run in a marathon” or “I’d like to be rich.” The small goals are more concrete and often include steps to reach the big goals. Things like, “I’m going to try and run 3 miles this week, then 3.5 miles next week.” or “I’m going to try to bring my lunch to work at least four times next week.”
The small goals are pretty easy to come up with – they are just building blocks for the big goals. The big goals are the ones that often prove challenging.
Big goals are really only limited by your imagination. This can be a good thing or a bad thing. If you are not able to dream big, you won’t be able to set big goals. That is why personal growth is so important. The more things you expose yourself to, the more options your brain has to work with when it is crafting your goals.
For example, imagine you had a travel-related goal. You might dream of visiting Paris, New York or Rome. All great choices, by the way. However, as you learn more about history and geography, you will likely come up with even more places you want to visit. Many of them might be places that most people haven’t even heard of. That is one of the thrilling parts of traveling – finding a gem of a location that is off the beaten path.
The easiest way to start is to schedule a few Virtual Road Trips. These are simple to plan. Just pick a topic that interest you and do a quick Google search. Don’t choose the top entry or the Wikipedia entry – scroll down a few and choose something a little more obscure. Read the things that interest you on the site, then follow a link to the next site. This focused web surfing will inevitably lead you to websites you would have otherwise never found. The hardest part is setting aside the time to do it every so often. The other challenge is allowing yourself to relax and just absorb the information. We get very caught up in actively searching for things and it is hard to just let our mind wander.
Dan Eldon once asked, “What is the difference between exploring and being lost?” Not much really. It is just a matter of perspective. Allow yourself to get lost in a topic. Wander around until your brain latches onto something interesting. Stretch your imagination and you will be amazed at the results.
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