Setting the Bar – Shoot for the Stars

I met up with Brad Gosse again today and we had another great chat about success mindset. More specifically we talked about “setting the bar” in terms of your personal goals and objectives. I know many people like to use the S.M.A.R.T. system for goal setting (this is a system that encourages your goals to be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-based). While I don’t totally disagree with the system, I prefer to shoot for the stars and set goals way beyond my current “reality”. I prefer unrealistic goals because they make me stretch and grow my skills.

In this video Brad asks me about a specific incident where I set a huge, unrealistic goal…and the results of that goal.

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4 Responses to Setting the Bar – Shoot for the Stars

  1. Ted Payne March 2, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

    Great video – I remember that fundraiser well…you guys have doe a great job raising a ton of money for Skic Kids each year. A great accomplishment.

  2. Justin Popovic March 2, 2010 at 9:40 pm #

    Thanks Ted! Yeah my wife Jessica is really working hard on this year’s fundraiser. We may even hit the 10k territory this year if it all plays out well.

    Here is the link to our fundraiser website if anyone is curious to check out what we are doing for the SickKids Foundation:

  3. Karen March 2, 2010 at 10:53 pm #

    Hey Justin and Brad.

    I enjoyed the video and even though you didn’t raise the $25K, I’m sure Sick Kids were overjoyed with the $7K that you did raise.

    I always think about the saying about shooting for the moon when you are going for your goals. You may fall short, but you’ll surprise yourself with how far you will go in stretching for the goal.

    Being accountable for your goals is also very good advice.

    Thanks for sharing.


  4. Jay March 3, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    Great discussion!

    I’ve been challenged even by a business enterprise instructor about “not setting my goals realistically”. My response was that I would never have arrived anywhere near the result I achieved if I limited my potential and didn’t raise the invisible glass ceiling to stretch to new heights.

    It’s like warming up before working out or playing a sport. You need to expand your muscles to be able to utilize them fully. Otherwise cramps etc. will keep you from maximizing your effort.

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