Stretch goals are the kind of goals that force you to push yourself—and that can be absolutely essential for success.
The basic idea of a stretch goal is that you should set a goal that is higher than you think you can reach. This will force you to try new things and think outside the box to achieve something remarkable. And, even if you don’t ultimately hit your stretch goal, you will likely still be much farther ahead than where you would be otherwise.
For this reason, stretch goals can be very effective.
But, you need to be careful; if you don’t set stretch goals properly, you’ll risk hurting yourself.
The Pain of Inflexibility
I’m going to share with you a little-known factoid about me: I’m not very flexible.
Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve had trouble sitting with my legs crossed. I’ve never been able to touch my toes. And I’ve lived YEARS of my life with back pain, which my doctor told me is due to my lack of flexibility.
So, about five years ago now, I started stretching every day.
I started out small (as all good habits should be started), doing a few stretches in the morning when I got up.
Eventually, I worked my way up to a pretty good stretching routine. I even started doing yoga. And I noticed some significant differences.
My back pain disappeared. And I just felt better overall.
I’m still not very flexible compared to some people.
But I’ve made some really good progress.
And I’m happy with that.
I’m healthier and I feel better.
I could have set out to do the splits in 30 days. But, if I did, I would have been disappointed. And, worse, I probably would have gotten hurt.
The Problem With Stretch Goals
Stretch goals are great.
But by themselves, they can cause injury.
Stretch goals MUST be accompanied by a carefully thought out strategy, which includes Process Goals.
Otherwise, you’ll end up pulling your productivity muscles.
You’ll end up overworked, overwhelmed, and overloaded.
And, trust me, you definitely don’t want that.
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