We often hear about reaching for the stars but what does that mean exactly?
Reaching for the stars can mean reaching for your goals, no matter how high they may seem.
“The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”
Reaching for the stars can have even a much wider perspective.
It has to do with stretching for your dreams and setting your sites a little higher than the average.
“It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream …
It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach.”
When we discuss reaching for the stars the action word is REACH. What is the definition of REACH? It is to stretch, go a little more, try a little harder, move beyond your comfort zone. Do you really think you will reach the stars with just mediocre effort? The “STARS” are beyond average! Will AVERAGE effort get you there? Here are the words to the song “Impossible Dream”
To dream the impossible dream, to fight the unbeatable foe,
To bear with unbearable sorrow, to run where the brave dare not go
To right the unrightable wrong, to be better far than you are
To try when your arms are too weary, to reach the unreachable star
This is my quest, to follow that star, no matter how hopeless no matter how far
To fight for the right, without question or pause,
To be willing to march into hell for a Heavenly cause.
And I know, if I’ll only be true, to this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm when I’m laid to my rest
And the world will be better for this, that one man scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage, To reach the unreachable star.
To reach the unreachable star, though you know it’s impossibly high
To live with your heart striving upward, To reach the unreachable star!
Does this sound like AVERAGE effort?
If you want the “STARS” in life, you have to work, reach, stretch, and strive for it.
“Arriving at one goal is the starting point of another.”
To be really committed to reaching, we must know what we are reaching for!
Do you have a STAR? What is you Dream beyond the goal? Where do you want to be? What do you want out of your business? Where do you see yourself? Is what you are asked to do worth the effort?
In a story by Michelle Carter, the Carter and Tanner families wondered if this hike was worth the effort:
It was an unforgettable family reunion in Hawaii where there are many great places to go and things to see. My fondest memory is of Diamond Head because it not only opened my eyes to the beauty of the island of Oahu, but also opened my eyes to eternal beauty.
The entire hike was a quarter of a mile long, but you’d never know it the way it seemed to stretch. When my cousins and I began the hike, all we could see was a path that seemed to last a lifetime. We reached an area where some people were stopped along the path saying, “I can’t believe we are doing this. I really see no point in going on any farther.” After I heard this, I began to doubt myself, but I still kept walking.
Next, we reached this long, dark tunnel. My cousins and I went inside. We could hardly see. The only way we could get through this dark tunnel was to hold to an iron railing. We became excited when we could see, in the distance, the end of this long tunnel. We were so happy because we thought our hike was over. When we reached the end of the tunnel, one of my cousins screamed. There before our eyes was a flight of steps carved out of the mountain. All I could think was, I can’t believe I am actually doing this.
Then, my uncle turned to me and said quietly, “I’ve been here before. I know that it is worth it.” As I walked up the steps with aching legs, I thought about his gentle words, “I know that it is worth it.”
When we finally reached the top of the crater, I was completely overwhelmed at the sight, a panoramic view of the island. As I stood there, I thought how the hike was like our lives. We are overwhelmed, but we keep going forward. At times we may listen to people say, “I don’t see the point of going farther.” Even then, we continue through the darkness holding the iron rod. We may think our trials are over, and we find we only have more challenges ahead. We press on, yielding to the words, “You can make it. It is worth it.” When we finally reach our goal, we can look back and know it was worth it.
Are your “STARS” worth the effort?
In order for us to continue to do more than the AVERAGE, we must have the DESIRE to have what we are reaching toward. It is that desire that keeps us going when things get tough. How do we respond when we are confronted with a task that seems to be impossible? All of us face obstacles. All of us have challenges. We all walk paths that lead us toward heights we think we cannot reach. Sooner or later, we all stand at the foot of cliffs we think we cannot climb.
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