When we set goals for ourselves that stretch our limits, we challenge our boundaries and break down the box we can often put ourselves in. When you give yourself or your team a stretch goal, and allow everyone the chance to dream big, it provides an entirely different point of view on how to approach your day-to-day life.
At Fierce, we have two strategy sessions each year where we collaborate together and innovate. As a company it is our time to stretch our comfort zone, and to not only discuss what is immediately possible, but also to dream about what could be possible.
In this meeting we are asked to show up and share how we would like to see the company stretch itself. At the last strategy session in January, it felt like such a daunting task. The night before, as I anxiously prepared, I contemplated other big thinkers in history.
The first person that came to mind was Nikola Tesla, a scientist from the 1890’s who innovated in the field of technology. He is most well known for his work with light bulbs, the alternating current electrical system, radio communication, X-ray experiments, and building the first hydroelectric plant. His insatiable curiosity led him to build things not conceivable to the general public.
You have to wonder: What was it about Tesla that drove such an inexhaustible need to innovate, to have the courage to stretch himself, and to attempt the impossible?
Where I find myself being limited in our strategy session is that I temper those Herculean dreams, while Tesla went for it. So in July, when I walk into our strategy session, my focus will be on the idea of limitlessness and how I can help stretch Fierce to its max.
What would the world look like if we all braved the unimaginable? What kind of stretch goals would your company set? How can you channel your inner Tesla?