In 2000, I was hired to lead a Fishbird workshop with Monmouth University’s men’s basketball team. They were terrible. I lived within mere miles of the school and didn’t know they existed. We began our session with one of the first and most important questions that I ask all of my clients, whether they’re athletes or biotech engineers: “If anything were possible, what would you want?” Related: 3 Ways to Set Goals You'll Actually Achieve Almost unanimously, they declared they wanted 25 wins, which meant settling for five losses, until a freshman challenged them. Wouldn’t they want to be undefeated? They rallied around the new goal. They would go undefeated and make it to the NCAA Tournament. They figured they would be the lowest seeded team and that they would play the first seed, Duke, in the first round. That is exactly what happened. They went undefeated into the NCAA Tournament as the sixteenth seed. While they got crushed by Duke, they never said they would beat them. Of all of the breakthrough stories to come out of Fishbird, this is one of my favorites. It perfectly illustrates how we get stuck in our preconceived ideas of what’s possible and how we can break out of our mindset to go after something much bigger. Without radical goal setting, our futures end up looking like slightly better versions of our pasts. Instead of a future when anything is possible, we end up living into the already chartered waters of our history.
Here are five ways to set radical goals:
2. Don't go short. Think in 20-, 50-, and 100-year increments. People get into the mindset of having quarterly and yearly numbers that they have to meet. (Just take a look at Congress). It’s not a deep enough cut. To achieve greatness, you must think beyond how you’d naturally measure success. Think about where you want to be 20 years from now and the legacy you want to leave.
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