Set Your Sights High

By May 1, 2015 Leadership, The Manifesto

Set your sights high

Your hopes and dreams are whispers from your soul that give you insight into the destiny you are meant to pursue. The burst of inspiration and motivation you feel when you think of fulfilling one of your dreams are wonderful intuitive hits, encouraging you to make your dreams into reality.

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” Michelangelo’s words serve as both reassurance and caution. When we strive to achieve a high ideal and fail, it is perhaps because we have not thought it through, or we have tried to do too much too quickly. But beware of underachievement or setting the bar too low, he seems to say. Where is the pursuit, the challenge, the joy in that?


Gain inspiration

Inspiration is the well-spring from which we all draw, and it strikes us at different times and with varying intensity. However, it is always a whisper from our deepest selves, moving us to rethink our actions and methods.

Zig Ziglar is said to have coined the phrase “if you can dream it, you can achieve it.”  Another version of that quote is “Whatever the mind can conceive, and you believe, you can achieve.”

Leaders will respond to those words in this way: “Yes, and there is more to it than that.” A positive attitude will support you in achieving a better outcome than will a negative attitude.

To Henry Ford’s comment “Whether you think you can or can’t, either way you are right,” the leader will reply that merely thinking you can achieve something is not enough. A thought is only a seed, not yet even planted in the ground. The next step is action.

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