One Question to Ask Yourself If You Have Insane Goals

Are You Obsessed enough?

Danny Forest
4 min readAug 16, 2022


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We all have big goals, whether they be short term or long term. Goals that, even in our wildest dreams, would seem unachievable. We dream about them yet never act on them, simply because we “failed” once or twice in the past.

The truth is, we just weren’t ready for the obsession needed to reach them.

Here’s a quote from Conor McGregor, the Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion:

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I have to agree with him.

Think about a goal you set yourself and “failed”.

Why did you not “succeed”?

Did you REALLY do what was needed to accomplish it?

Were you obsessed with figuring how to do it, came up with a solid plan and executed, executed, executed?

Not a lot of people can handle it.

Let my current obsession inspire you:

My mission to gain 5kg of muscles in a month

Some time ago, I had decided it was time for me to put on 5kg of muscles. I had my own reasons for that, but that’s not the point of this story.

Notice how precise I was. Not “some” mass. Precisely 5kg. I original decided for 4.5kg, but you know, why not push myself even harder!

Be precise in your goals!

I’m an ectomorph, so gaining even 1kg in a month is hard work. So imagine how insane 5kg is! Hard for non-ectomorphs to comprehend this, but it’s at least as hard as losing 5kg for a mesomorph.


Here’s the summary of my 8 hour manic research:

  • I needed to eat at least 4k calories per day, split at about 40/40/20 for proteins/carbs/fat. I was aiming for 4.5k.
  • Those calories needed to come from high quality foods.
  • I needed to do full-body workouts, 3 times per week.



Danny Forest

Polymath. Life Optimizer. Learner. Entrepreneur. Engineer. Writer.