AIMING HIGH

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam said, “Small aim is a crime; have great aim.” Aiming high refers to directing one’s ambition, efforts and attention for achieving great things in life. Setting goals and striving to realize those goals are part of aiming high. Focusing our sight on far above will help us move forward with enthusiasm.

Holly Holm frequently told in his seminars, “Aim high and don’t sell yourself short. Know that you’re capable. Understand that a lot of people battle with a lot of things – depression, body image or whatever else – so know that it’s not just you. You’re not alone.”

We must always try to be world class, think big and aim high. We need to believe in our potential and power before we bring them to reality. We need to emotionally feel that we are extraordinary, great and powerful. If we want to see spectacular results in our external life, we have to emotionally create blueprint of our vision within our inner self. When we feel world class, we will also believe that we are world class.

After aiming high, we must concentrate on what we want most in our life and move forward towards that. Aiming high is part of the aspiration of a person for success or advancement in any field. High aim motivates a person from within to achieve great things through hard work, determination and drive. Abdul Kalam said, “You have to dream before your dreams can come true.” “Finding an aim in life before you are twenty years old,” said Dr Kalam, “is the first step towards achieving your goals in life.”

When a 12-year-old girl named Amita from Lucknow asked APJ Abdul Kalam whether he had ever dreamt of becoming India’s President, Dr Kalam replied, “When I was 10 years old, my teacher in the local school in my native village taught me how birds flew, and that was the first time I got interested in the concept of flying. Perhaps, that is what inspired me to learn how to fly missiles too.”

A meaningful life should be about aiming high constantly persevering to reach that goal. It is always better to aim high and try rather than aim low and succeed. Having dreams makes life more enjoyable and fun. Those who are willing to dream big and aim high are often more motivated and have a better outlook on life.

Michael Fred Phelps, the American swimmer and world’s greatest Olympian, who has won 28 Olympic medals, out of which 23 were gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze said at an award function, “I allowed myself to think big and aim high. If you dream as big as you can dream, anything is possible.”

People in general have a tendency to hit only at what we aim at. Normally we are satisfied to achieve what we fix as the target. Hence, if we aim for something high, it will automatically propel us towards that. Only when we aim high, we will think of achieving great things.

Jesse Itzler says, “We don’t aim high enough with our goals. We all have more in us, and we are all capable of aiming higher.” Let us always aim higher than we believe we can reach or achieve. When our talents are set free by our imagination, we can achieve any goal without limits. Many people are spoilt by being satisfied with mediocrity and routine. This will lead us nowhere. According to Asa Hutchinson, “You’re never too old to start learning, and you’re never too young to aim high and achieve great things.”

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