How you plan for achieving these is a different matter. This is where the common advice comes in—break The Goal into smaller ones—so small that you can’t say “No” to doing it. As in “take a 5-minute walk, eat one apple a day, write one sentence”—depending on what you set out for yourself.
But here is another catch. Not every tall mountain you want to conquer should be out of reach. You need the tall ones and you need the medium ones too, just so that you can practice and move forward.
So, ideally, you want to have on your list few Everests or K2s (number one and two highest mountains in the world). That is, the “I-must-be-crazy-dreaming-it’s-possible” kind of goals. But you must also keep some Muztagh Atas or Ismoil Somoni Peaks (number forty-nine and fifty highest mountains)—still challenging but S.M.A.R.T too.
And if something is too effortless, know that it’s not a proper goal. Find a better one.
It goes down to this—when you go to the gym, for instance, do you want to have a great workout or just an OK one? And then, do you think you will lose weight by having it easy or by breaking a sweat?
Simply put – The magic happens when you push yourself.
In the end, remember that when you strive for high and you don’t get there, you are still in a good place. You have a better chance to get the closest alternative.
And how to be ready for the ups and downs that come with every success trajectory? Simple.
It’s like the saying goes: Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.
Are you ready to push yourself and aim high in everything you do?
 The opposite of the Pygmalion effect is called the Golem effect. It’s a psychological phenomenon in which lower expectations placed by others or the individual themselves lead to poorer performance by the individual. It is a form of self-fulfilling prophecy. It was also coined by Robert Rosenthal. It’s another mythical creature from the Greek mythology, who was created to fight evil but turned into a monster instead, as his creator always expected.
Written by: Evelyn Marinoff
Originally appeared on: Evelyn Marinoff
Republished with permission.