This is one for the people of my age, ultimately everyone will be able to relate, but it’s something invaluable to the up and coming generation.
This article is about looking into the future. You see, personally I feel one of the scariest things is the future, and it plays on my mind a lot. How I’m going to earn money the main one, but sometimes it’s me pondering family things or relationships, when, how, where…
Either way, the future is scary, but it’s also exciting. Extremely exciting. Why? Because anything is possible, and it’s in your hands with what you want to do. Everyone that has ever been born has the opportunity to make their mark on the world, that’s what excites me the most.
Personally, I’m dreaming big. I want to be the best psychologist and life coach that I can be, I dream of working with the best of the best, and a huge goal of mine is to be a sports psychologist for the highest level sports teams/people. Obviously first and foremost I want to be the best person I can be, as a genuine, compassionate all round good bloke, but goals wise, I want to be the best at whatever I do.
Now some may say, “pfft Ash, that’s a bit extreme mate! You don’t want to be disappointed”. Sure, it is a massive goal, but why not go for it? Do you have something in mind you’ve always wanted to achieve but feel it’s too hard? I say just do it. Go for it wholeheartedly. We only get one shot in this life, you may as well give it all you’ve got.
What’s the worst that could happen, you get disappointed? You’ll be fine, look at it as a learning curve. If you don’t reach the goal, so be it, but surely you’d be content knowing that you gave something your all, absolutely everything you had, rather than be left thinking, ‘what if’ when it’s all too late.
Remember when we were all younger kids, you would’ve had a fantasy, “I want to be an astronaut” or “I want to be an AFL player” or something along those lines. Well it seems that as we grew older, somewhere along the line people told us it was unrealistic, teachers at school would tell us to set goals, realistic goals at that… At the time I bought into it, just like everybody else, but now I look at it, I see a massive waste of potential.
If you reach your ‘realistic goal’ (which 9 times out of 10 you will), you really get nothing constructive out of it apart from maybe a hit of dopamine (the happy chemical in your brain). However, if you set a goal, and set the bar really high, you’ll either reach it and be amazed by the potential that you never knew you had, or you’ll learn something, where you went wrong, what you could do next time. Either way, you will gain something only experience can give you! That is truly priceless.
If I’m completely honest, I don’t want to live a mediocre life, I know that every human, if they put their mind to something, they can do it. Not everyone wants to be the best, some are just content where they are, and that’s okay. However if you don’t want to be average, the only way to live by extraordinary means is to actually be extra-ordinary. Do more, think bigger, and most of all, believe in yourself! The impossible is only impossible because it hasn’t been done yet…
“Dream so big you feel uncomfortable telling small minded people”– Unknown
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