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Reach For The Moon

Opt To Reach For The Moon

We’ve all heard the phrase “reach for the moon” before.

Growing up, both my Mom and Dad frequently encouraged me to “reach for the moon” keeping me motivated to always strive beyond my best.  Mom would end saying ending with “…if you don’t get there you’d still be among the stars!”

Not a born athlete, but loving all sports – to this day – I was determined to join my school relay team. Being one of the shortest on the running team did not help much. Knowing my burning desire to make that team, my Dad would drive me out to a nearby school track every morning so I could run and he could time my running. Guess who was the lead runner on the relay team? Yep, ME! Later in life, I believe, firmly, that the love and patience of my Dad instilled in me the determination to run 5k, 10k and, half-marathons.

Again, in my adult work life, I’ve been fortunate to have had two bosses who’ve always championed me, and supported me “to reach for the moon.” Both have had enormous influences on my life and today, I’m proud to have them as dear friends.  Whatever the case, this popular phrase has been used as advice for the masses for generations.

Most have heard this so much that they no longer truly grasp its meaning. What does this phrase mean? What does reaching for the moon actually look like? In this article, we’re going to explore just that!

What Does Reach for the Moon Mean?

Most people see “reach for the moon” and think “go after your dreams,” but the two aren’t necessarily synonymous. The actual definition given for the phrase “reach for the moon” is to try to do or get something that is very difficult to do or get, in other words, to have a high or ambitious goal. Rather than your dreams, this phrase is referring to your goals, which can sometimes involve your dreams but it doesn’t have to.

What Does Reaching for the Moon Look Like?

A person who actively reaches for the moon in their everyday life is someone who is very ambitious. They have high ambitions and large goals and they stop at nothing to achieve them. They persevere through trials and get around any obstacle that gets in their path. They’re successful, driven, and determined. They set their goals to be both challenging and achievable.

Reaching for the Moon Tips

To actively reach for the moon in your own life, you have to get off on the right foot. So I’m sharing with you four tips to help you start this journey. While everyone’s experience is different, this should help get you started down the right path.

  1. Determine Your Goals
    You won’t get very far at all if you don’t sit down and plan out your goals deliberately. You might think they’ll just come to you as you go through life, but that’s simply not the case. To set realistic and achievable goals that will further your life or career, you have to deliberately list the goals that you want to achieve that will lead to that outcome. Without something to work towards, you can’t reach for the stars.
  2. Figure Out What It Will Take to Achieve Those Goals
    Once you’ve determined the goals you want to work toward, it’s time to figure out how you can realistically achieve those goals. Depending on your goals, this may take some research, but you’ll be glad you did it.
  3. Keep High Aspirations and Stop at Nothing
    The key step to keeping your momentum and continuously reaching for the moon is to keep your aspirations high and not let anything get in your way. If you stay focused, determined, and never stop demanding better of yourself and for your life, you’ll be living the reach-for-the-moon lifestyle. You have to keep your aspirations high and yourself focused on your goals.
  4. Keep Track of Your Progress
    It’s important to keep track of your progress and reward yourself for your efforts to keep yourself committed to the effort of reaching for the moon. Rewarding yourself for the work you’ve done will keep your spirits and your momentum up and keep you on the path to reaching for the moon.

“Reach for the moon” is a phrase we hear so often that, frankly, we’ve probably forgotten what it means, let alone actually strive for it. My sincere wish is that I’ve helped you to get your motivation and excitement back for reaching for the moon and remember why you liked that expression, to begin with.

“The one who tries to catch the Moon by jumping up has more chance to reach the moon than the one who just sits
and does nothing to reach it because all targets require action!”
— Mehmet Murat ildan

Meditation is a habit that may come easily to some. I have been meditating for over five years, but there were many days I found myself slipping. These days, not so much, not since I completed the no-cost Action Habits Challenge by Connie Ragen Green, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author, independent publisher, and serial entrepreneur. You can check it out here.

If you’re interested in revitalizing your life through meditation and would like to learn a virtually risk-free, and cost-effective practice, that people of all ages can do with a little patience and guidance and that will serve you for the rest of your life, I would love to connect with you. You can connect with me here.

I’m Donna SLam, who loves to blog about how meditation brings self-compassion, peace of mind, and clarity to my life and others by sharing tips and strategies on how to live a fulling and purposeful life. I enjoy championing others to lead a healthy and happy life through meditation, walking, self-development, and spending time with loved ones.


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