I’ve used the term “stretch goal” in a couple of posts about setting and meeting goals, without defining the term. In a nut shell, a stretch goal is a goal you set for after you accomplish your actual goal. Meeting your actual goals should make you happy. Meeting your stretch goals should make you ecstatic.
Stretch goals are important for two reasons.
- They help you accomplish your actual goals by working toward something beyond them.
- When you accomplish your goals, you don’t have to take time out to rethink what comes next; you already know.
That said, you shouldn’t focus on your stretch goals to the point where it compromises your ethics or causes you undue stress. Meeting your goal is a win. After that, not meeting your stretch goal is still a win.