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The line between impossible and huge effort possible goals?

Question from a reader -

Hi! Interested to hear your thoughts about this: where do you draw the line between impossible and huge-effort-possible goals?

First, I'll be honest. I don't have a perfect neat answer for this that's epiphany generating... I'm going to try to work through it on paper, and I appreciate feedback from everyone in the comments if you have related ideas.

Let's get started. First and foremost, I can't say this enough - study history! If you don't study history, you don't know what's possible. Period. You need to study history if you want to know what's possible.

Here's some good people to brush up on. Now, most people's reaction is, "I couldn't do that! He did so much!" But trace their steps, these men often came from humble origins and suffered much. Don't say "Wow." Ask, "How?" How did they do it?

Why Your Goals Suck (and How to Fix Them)

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My office mate wants to “be fit.”

She takes action by doing yoga and by eating less rice.

Most people will say “be fit” is a bad goal. Goals should be SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-bound). They will also say yoga is not the best way to lose weight. And she needs to do more than eat less rice.

But I won’t, at least for now.


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