Take realism and shove it up a chimney

Yesterday, I gave some anti-advice. I defied the clichés of self-improvement by saying you should compare yourself to others.

Even envy them.

Here, I’m going to do it again.

Another common wisdom nugget is to set realistic goals. I only have two problems with that:

The realistic part.

And the goals part.

I suppose if you are going to set goals, they should be achievable. No point aspiring to be a champion heavyweight boxer if you turn 84 next week.

Or you could set ambitious themes for your life instead.

What do you want to do with your life?

Stop climate change?

Found a business empire?

Save the country from enemies, abroad and within?

Become the best parent on the planet?

You probably won’t manage these. They are frightfully unrealistic.

And that’s great.

If you treat them as themes, not things to achieve, you never stop being a winner. As long as, every day, you do something that aligns with the theme, you’re golden.

Even at 84, you can do something that makes you more of a boxer than you were yesterday.

You can take a moment to think about your ambitious theme. The cool part is, no matter what you pick, you have today’s step forward right here.

Because no matter what you pick, it’ll involve your mind.

So train your mind to depths you never imagined before:


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