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Aim High
By Sue Augustine

Published in Beyond Ordinary Living

The greater 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.


Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?
Robert Browning


In a well-known university experiment, a professor gave a test to his class. There were several sections and each one had questions in three categories. The first category was the most difficult and worth fifty points. The second was not as hard, for forty points, and the third was the easiest for thirty points. Each student had the option of choosing one of those categories for the entire test.

When the tests were completed and handed in, the professor graded them as follows: The students who had chosen the hardest questions earned A’s, those who had chosen the next level down received B’s, and those who picked the easiest got C’s, regardless of whether or not their answers were correct.

 Understandably, the students were unsure about the professor’s grading system and asked why he had marked them that way. With a grin, he answered, “More than your knowledge, I was testing your aim!” The true measure of success is not whether you reached all your goals, but where you set your target in the first place. It doesn’t take any more energy to aim high than to aim low, so set your sights high and you just may surprise yourself.

An inscription on a building in Washington, D.C. says, “They build too low who build beneath the skies.” It’s been my experience that the main difference between high achievers and the rest of the world is that top achievers simply dream bigger dreams. If you limit your dreams to only what seems doable or possible, you end up curbing your creativity, your imagination, and your natural abilities. You’ll never even come close to reaching your full potential. “A hero,” said Betty Deramus, “is simply someone who rises above his own human weaknesses, for an hour, a day, a year, to do something stirring.”

Instead of striving to merely increase your sales, determine to be the top sales person in your region. Rather than simply going back to school, aim to earn a degree. If you like attending home Bible study groups, try leading one yourself in the future.

I heard a comedian say, “I am wealthy beyond my wildest dreams. Unfortunately my dreams weren’t very wild!” Aiming high can be scary. It requires responsibility, accountability and action. But aiming for the stars isn’t about who you are or what you can accomplish. It’s about what God wants to do through you. He says, Take courage. I’ll be with you. Now, let’s go! He enables you to fly high in spite of your fears.   

Are you someone who reaches for the stars? It’s rare these days, but it’s the hallmark of high achievers. They know that aiming high helps them to stand above the crowd. Very few people aim high enough. Choose now to leave the commonplace behind and exceed your own expectations. Decide you will never settle for mediocrity. “Ideals are like stars,” said Carl Schurz. “You will not succeed in touching them with your hands; but like the seafaring man, you choose them as your guides, and following them, you will reach your destiny.”

Reach high, for stars lie hidden within your soul.

Dream deep for every dream preceded the goal.




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