We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard. —John F. Kennedy
As we’ve already discussed several times, living your life the hard way makes it paradoxically easier, while avoiding the hard things makes your life more difficult.
When it comes to accomplishing your goals, the hard truth is that easy accomplishments often go away quickly, while larger projects produce more lasting results.
For one, setting close to impossible goals requires you to think in categories producing pivotal differences, and not mere tweaks.
For example, losing 5 pounds (or 2 kilos) requires a small tweak. You can eat less for two weeks and you’ll accomplish your goal. However, you won’t fix the underlying issue of being overweight, and probably soon regain the weight.
How about losing 50 pounds (or 20 kilos) this year? You can no longer afford to think in terms of small tweaks. You need a permanent change — a change in your habits and identity that will address the cause of the problem and lead to a permanent solution.
Audacious goals can also transform your life, while reaching safe, easy objectives won’t change much in the grand scheme of things.
If you want to save a million dollars for retirement, you’ll need a different strategy than if you only want to save enough for a rainy- day fund. A moonshot project of building a $1 million nest egg might lead you to building a business that will not only generate a million dollars for retirement, but also help you retire early — a pleasant side effect you initially didn’t anticipate at all.