The Secret to Getting More Out of Life

Bill Abbate

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"Aim high! The future you see, is the person you will be" Jim Cathcart

It is fascinating to see how different people are when considering what they aim for in life. Think about this – each of us can set our target's height for anything we want in the future. How high will you set yours?

This begs the question, "What are you aiming for?" Are you aiming at all? Are you aiming for a consistent, steady life? Or are you purposely setting your target much higher?

"Aim at the sun and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly far higher than if you had aimed at an object on a level with yourself." Robert F. Hawes

Which path are you taking in life?

Let's look at four paths many people choose in life. Take note you can apply what follows to your education, career, marriage, hobbies, or nearly anything else in life.

1. One way to go through life is to be perfectly content with what it throws at you. Never overexert yourself, never plan, never desire more. Just accept what comes and go with the flow.

2. Another way is to go through life is working hard, being consistent and diligent, providing for your family, but never expecting much from life other than what you get for your efforts.

3. A third way to go through life is to work hard, remaining diligent and consistent while developing a plan. In the plan, you set an achievable target. This will give you something to aim for and a better chance of hitting it. Sure, it's conservative, but at least it looks like it is possible.

4. A fourth way to go through life is like the last; however, you change your aim for something much higher. This will require more thought and careful consideration of what you do in life. It will also require more planning to make it happen. By aiming much higher, you also realize it will take more effort, but you know it will be worth it.

"The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." Michelangelo

If a goal or target of each of the above four was saving for retirement, how will they turn out?

The first person mentioned gives no thought to their target, if they have one at all. They will likely end their life with little or nothing in the bank, which is true for far too many people. Retirement will likely be difficult with the need to continue working. With no target to aim for, there was nothing to achieve.

The second group at least points somewhat in a direction, but without a real target, it is difficult to say what they will hit if when shooting their arrow. They will likely find retirement difficult.

The third group has an aiming point for their life and will likely hit closer to their target than the first two groups. By the time they retire, they may have saved enough or have a decent enough pension and will hopefully struggle less or little in retirement. The chance they will get what they desire would appear to be far better than the first two.

The final group placed their target much higher, requiring them to aim high. Even if they miss their target, they will likely be far better off than the others. The trajectory of aiming higher helps them save more, invest more, spend less, and do all the things necessary to hit a much greater target. The chance of this person retiring comfortably from a financial standpoint is far greater than the others. This will allow them to worry less and enjoy life far more.

"High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation." Charles Kettering

Final words

A dictum for life is if you want to achieve more, aim higher. The higher you aim, the greater the likelihood you will achieve more than those who aim much lower, so why not aim higher?

Think about what you want to have achieved by the end of your life. Aim even higher! You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by choosing this path.

Did you notice the secret to getting more out of life? In case you missed it, it is simply applying a healthy dose of thinking, planning, aiming high, and executing.

I leave you with this final quote to consider as you set your next target:

"If you aim higher than you expect, you could reach higher than you dreamed." Richard Branson

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