6 Benefits of Setting a BIG Unrealistic Goal

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“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

Walt Disney

Sometimes it’s good to dream big. But we’re often instead taught to think ‘realistically’.

So many of us never get to where we really want to be, because we aim low. We set small, achievable goals and targets, just to be on the safe side. We don’t go for the big one, just in case we fail and look silly.

The safe and steady approach definitely has it’s uses, I’ll admit that. It can be a useful way to develop lasting, healthy habits for example.

But I would argue that small, realistic goals are of the most use when they are leading up to a really big goal at the end. Something huge that inspires you. Something that makes you shiver a little just thinking about it…

A 100 mile run perhaps. A handstand on top of gymnastic rings. Helping 100 new patients in a week. Opening your own chain of health centres and restaurants.

For some of you, a massive goal may not spark your interest right now, and that’s fine. But lets take a look at some of the big benefits of setting your sights high:

1. It get’s you excited.

A big goal can inspire you to get you up early in the morning. It can give you a sense of purpose and direction like nothing else. A reason to be excited for the future, and to use the present as wisely and effectively as possible.

2. You’re more likely to overcome obstacles

If your goal is big and you’re dedicated to it, nothing will stand in it’s way. Well, almost nothing… Because you are so inspired, the inevitable hurdles that will occur on the way to success will be easier to jump over or blast through, compared to if you had set a realistic goal that didn’t get you so excited. Because the potential reward is so great with a big goal, the effort you put in to achieve it will likely be greater.

3. You learn how to plan.

A big goal is difficult to realise without a good plan. Working towards that goal, you learn how to break it down into achievable chunks, but always keeping the finish line in mind. For example, if your goal is to run an ultra marathon, you may work backwards: a marathon a few months before; a half marathon 6 weeks before that; a 10k prior etc.

When you work backwards, you realise that the road to that 100 mile race starts with the first mile you ever run. It’s all upwards from there.

4. You receive support

People like to rally behind someone with a big goal. If you share your goal with others, you may be surprised at the support you receive. People are attracted to things that are extremely difficult and go against the norm. You get to connect with like minded people

5. You become empowered.

You’ve been ticking off all the smaller goals on the way to the big one, and finally you’re ready. You go for it, and you succeed. The feeling you get after success is unrivalled. You look at life in a different way. Your perception of normal is shifted. The things you once thought were impossible now seem achievable. You are empowered.

7. You open up opportunities 

Having completed such a giant task, you realise that you have the potential to do more. You can share your story with others, and inspire them to do the same. To dream big and achieve whatever they set their mind too.


Remember, even if you never reach your ‘end goal’, if you go after it with everything you have, you’ll achieve so much on the way and learn a lot about yourself.

As Norman Vincent Peale said:

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

What big goal would you like to work towards?

What steps could you take today to get you closer to it? 


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Luke Jones
Luke Jones is a mover, blogger and wellness enthusiast. He spends his time exploring and sharing ideas in mindful movement, healthy living and adventure.

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