We’re often told – I heard it again recently – that to succeed we need to aim for something bigger, greater, further, higher than we think we can achieve. If I aim to write for 5 minutes today, I might do a bit more, but basically that’s the area of time I’ll likely reach. If, however, I set myself a challenge of writing for two hours – or of writing 2,000 words – I might not reach that goal, but I’ll get a lot more than 5 minutes done.
I understand the psychological point that is being made, and it probably does work for many people, but doesn’t it mean that with each achievement you think ‘but I was hoping for something better?’ Doesn’t it always leave you disappointed?
I want to aim high, to reach for the very best I can be, but if my focus is on stretching myself, maybe I’ll miss the good that God actually wants me to do – the achievable that makes a real and immediate difference to people’s lives, not the amazing that will bring greater glory only to me.
It’s a tricky balance, I think. How do you negotiate it? I’d love to know your thoughts and experience.
This post forms part of Lisa-Jo Baker’s Five Minute Friday, where we write on a prompt for five minutes only, with no editing. Why not go and see how others have interpreted today’s prompt – then have a go yourself! What have you got to lose? Put a link to your post in the comments, and I’ll read it and leave a comment in return.