aim small, miss small

Originally posted on March 3, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Anyone who’s seen The Patriot has heard the expression, “aim small, miss small.” This is a piece of advice generally used in shooting, referring to the target. For example, you are shooting at a traditional target-board. If you aim for the board, and you miss, you’ve shot the wood fence, space, or innocent bystanders behind it. If you aim for the bull’s-eye, and you miss, you’ve shot the next ring on the board.

Aim small, miss small.

This is what I’m trying to apply to my goals (read life). I’m not aiming for “success” or “publication.” I’m aiming for the bull’s-eye. High hopes. Specific, measurable goals. That way, if I miss, I’ll still be on the board. Because if all you’re going for is “success,” and you miss, where does that leave you?

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