For those of us familiar with Toy Story, we know that one of Woody’s recorded catchphrases is, “Reach for the sky.” It’s a good reminder that we should always set high goals and aspire to the the best versions of ourselves.
This quote is a variation of the original, which is, “reach for the stars.” It is said that it came from a poem called the Aeneid, written by Virgil sometime between 29 and 19 BC.
Let’s talk about what happens when you don’t give up and you reach for the sky.
1. Your fears are lessened. By continuing to put one foot in front of the other, regardless of the obstacles in front of you, you show pre-existing fears that you aren’t going to give in to them. Fear is born from unknowns. The more you push forward, the more experience you gain, and the less fear can have a hold on you.
2. You have more opportunities. When you refuse to give up, more opportunities will come your way because you are putting yourself out there. Despite the challenges, you are still showing up. People who don’t show up, don’t get opportunities.
3. Your creative ability expands. By choosing to go against the grain and not doing what everyone else is doing, you begin to see things differently. You adopt new ways of looking at problems or projects and can find creative ways to make them work.