Highs ‘n’ Lows.
Michelangelo once said, “The greater 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 hit it.”
I think we underestimate ourselves most times. Most people do not set high goals not because they are lazy or cannot be bothered, but it is due to the fear of failure and the fear of disappointment.
This fear stagnates you. It keeps you where you are and nothing ever changes. The same sour relationship, the same surroundings, the same friends, the same income, the same situation, the same circumstances; it’s comfortable and it’s safe.
In the suburban estate where I live there is a huge man-made lake. The water doesn’t go in or out, it just sits there. Stagnant. Walking around this lake, there are spots where the water is dirty and sluggish, especially around the edges, almost looking oily and polluted. That’s what our lives become when we just stay where we are. Sluggish, polluted, tired, unhealthy in mind and body.
But when you go down to a flowing river, where the water keeps moving in and out, flowing in one forward direction, there is no build up of scum; the water is always clear, clean, fresh and new, meaning it is healthy. There’s action, there’s movement, there’s momentum.
Life is a breeze when you have the brains to be in the top maths class but you choose to be in the general maths class so you know you won’t fail…but you won’t accomplish much, you won’t live to your potential, and you won’t be living your dreams…..and that is not beneficial to yourself or anybody else.
You have the brains. You have what it takes. Go for it.
The fear of failure is worse than failure itself.
Revisit your goals today. Are you aiming high enough or are you cheating yourself out of your best life?