Please allow me to ask a question, I set a goal in my work, which could not be accomplished in the first place, but it was finally accomplished. How should this situation be described? What word would you use to describe it?

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    Hello Anna. Great question! It depends. What was the goal you accomplished?
    – Hefe
    Commented Jul 7, 2022 at 3:45
  • Hello Julien,Thank you very much for your reply, the goal I achieved refers to the goal at work, for example, my boss asked me to write ten JDS in one day, I thought I couldn't finish it, but in the end I did it
    – Anna
    Commented Jul 7, 2022 at 5:18
  • I just managed to complete the task in time? Commented Jul 7, 2022 at 7:54
  • What I'm trying to say is something like a near miss, but I don't know what the word is
    – Anna
    Commented Jul 7, 2022 at 8:05
  • [[ (A) "Not a Moment too Soon" , "under the Wire" , "at the last Moment" , "on the Dot" , "in the nick of time" ]] + [[ (B) "Achieved a tough target" , "Beat Expectations" , "Bested Myself" , "Met the Challenge" , "manage to nail it" ]] + MORE !!!
    – Prem
    Commented Jul 7, 2022 at 8:22

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A stretch goal is one that may not even be fully achievable, but the pursuit of which will encourage a person or group to move beyond their so-called "comfort zone", and perhaps achieve more than they thought they could.

So you could say that you set yourself a stretch goal.

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    Never heard that expression...
    – Lambie
    Commented Jul 7, 2022 at 17:53
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    Then count yourself lucky, because it means you haven't been exposed to as much nelogistic, bullsh*t management-ese as I have. :-) Here's an example of it being used, in a reasonably respectable source: hbr.org/2017/01/the-stretch-goal-paradox
    – user8719
    Commented Jul 8, 2022 at 18:11

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