The title of this post is probably one of my biggest pet peeves. It is my opnion that this way of thinking is what is wrong with most folks today. Being a health and fitness professional, hearing this phrase reminds me of a lazy cow (literally, the animal) chewing his/her cud and laying in a field all day long. Moo, Moo, Moo. There is nothing exciting about a cow’s existence is there?
“I want to be realistic with my goals” = Moo
“I want to be realistic about what is possible with this” = Moo
“I just don’t have the time or energy to do that” = Double Moo
Whatever happened to the Magic of Thinking Big? Whatever happened to shooting for the stars and in the case that you don’t reach them you at least land on the moon. Whatever happened to overachieving?
If I can wish one thing to everyone who reads this blog post is to remember what it is like to dream big. Remember when you were a kid, before the negative real world started to make you think in a realistic way, when you dreamt you’d be a fire fighter or professional dancer or professional baseball player? While the abilities to do accomplish such dreams may be out of the realm of possibility, the point here is to not lose your ability to dream. If you are stuck in a rut in a career, in an unhealthy lifestyle, in an unhealthy relationship, snap out of it. Change happens instantaneously! It’s merely the decision to change that consumes and wastes valuable time that you could have already spent changing!
Long post short, “being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.” All of us have greatness inside of us that can be extracted out. Don’t be afraid to leave your “realistic” ways behind you and venture out into greatness. Otherwise you are destined for Averagetown USA or Shouldawouldacouldaville. I will caution you however; it’s an unpopular choice. You may even lose friends in the process. But remember it is your dreams. Don’t let a bunch of moo-ers in the pasture lure you back into their realm of uncertainty because you threaten their mediocrity. You are great, don’t let anyone tell you different. If someone tells you different, simply moo at them.
I choose to dream big. I choose to be around others that do too.