Loads of people don’t chase big dreams because they have fallen for the myth “big is bad.” The reality is if you fear being highly successful and instead settle for less, you shortchange yourself. You should get into the habit of thinking big and setting audacious, inspiring goals.
The undeniable reality is if you think big, you will act differently and go down different paths. To illustrate:
The actions you take when going after a big outcome (Actions 1) will differ markedly from those you take if you’re going after a small outcome (Actions 2). Smart people use what they’ve achieved to date as a platform on which to build for the future rather than as a glass ceiling for what they can achieve in the future.
The keys to thinking big are:
- Think different – don’t order from the menu but instead imagine potential outcomes nobody else has even envisaged yet.
- Act boldly – find out what systems, models, relationships and habits other high achievers have used and put them to work in your own career.
- Look at failure as an integral part of the journey – as a temporary setback on your way to exceptional results. Be prepared to fail your way to success – meaning to learn from your mistakes – and to keep moving forward.
“The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.”
– Thomas Henry Huxley