"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark."
If you are afraid of failing, you may end up not even setting a goal that will stretch you. But in doing so, you deprive yourself and others of all that you might be able to accomplish. Michelangelo is a great example. Had he not aimed high, we might have been deprived of his architecture, artwork, sculpture, poetry and understanding of human anatomy. The Sistine Chapel might be painted "ceiling white". When we stop ourselves from stretching to be the best we can be, we fall short or all that we are capable of achieving. Aim high with your goals. Stretch yourself to be the best.
This week: Take a look at what you would like to be able to accomplish. Do you stop yourself from trying because you think it is "too big" or "too difficult?" Do you let your self-doubt stop you? If so, set a goal this week that will really stretch you to be your best. Take at least one action to begin moving toward that goal. If you don't succeed at achieving it, so what? Think about what you can learn in the process. Think about how stretching yourself with this goal will serve you with future goals.
Linda Pucci, Ph.D. is a psychologist, life coach and expert in helping people achieve goals that they had not thought possible. She helps clients overcome self sabotage and self doubt so that they can find within themselves the resources to achieve at the highest levels. For more information and free resources, go to http://www.innerresourcecenter.com/ .