Often we set a target and try to reach them; and often enough, we fall a little bit short. Why? This has something to do with mindset.
Some would set a low target and “exceed” it. Remember, the only person you’re fooling is yourself.
Here are three things that will help you acquire an Exceed Mindset:
1. Be true to your targets
What do you think can you really achieve?
I’m not saying to settle for a lesser target. When you’re true to your target, you also have to consider this question:
“What am I willing to give up, so I can TRULY meet this target?”
Don’t set a comfortable target. This will not help you progress. Maintenance is not our objective. Be true to your next-level target and be true to your commitment by praying what to sacrifice to reach it.
2. Ask the “Exceed” Question
The exceed question is:
“What will I do to exceed my targets?”
Always go beyond expectations. This will help you develop the habit of excellence. Excellent people do not only try to reach their goals — they want to “Wow!” themselves and others. It’s not to brag, but to really let people feel they are getting the best of what you can offer.
3. Celebrate your reached target and push to exceed
When a target is achieved, celebrate! But don’t linger. Victories have a tendency to make us complacent. As the adage goes:
“Don’t rest on your laurels.” Push to the next level. Exceed!
Jesus exhorted his apostles:
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these” (John 14:12).
He also said,
“I will be with you…” (Mt 28:20).
He saw something in Simon, and told him
“you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church” (Mt.16:18).
Like what He said to His apostles and to Peter, Jesus sees something greater in you. Whatever your targets are, you can do it! You can exceed it!
Kirby is an author, motivational speaker, trainer, and songwriter. He wrote the book “The Fired Up Life: Passion Principles to Motivate You for Work and Life.” He finished his Masters of Arts in Theology at the San Carlos Seminary Graduate School of Theology in March 2016 and currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Ateneo de Manila. He was a full-time missionary of Couples for Christ for 16 years and currently the owner of Uplift Learning Enterprise, a training and development company.