Thinking Big in Work & Life

One of our mantras in “Go Be a Hit” and the best way to do this is by “thinking big”.

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Big ideas and big plans are often easier — certainly no more difficult — than small ideas and small plans.

— David J. Schwartz

If you are less than happy with your current state of affairs or feel like your life is mediocre, perhaps your goals are too small.

Have you ever considered that maybe you could be and do much more than you’re currently demonstrating?

Thinking big is your ticket to a new life!

“The great danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

–Michelangelo

Consider these ideas:

1. Avoid contentment.

This may seem like a big controversy because, let’s face it we all like to be happy BUT happy and contentment are not necessarily the same thing.

Have you ever noticed that when your life takes a dip below what you consider acceptable, you’ll work like crazy to restore the normal balance of your life?
◦ For example, you’d work your socks off to replace your lost salary if you lost your job. But, would you work as hard to double your salary?
Avoiding contentment isn’t the same as being constantly dissatisfied. That wouldn’t be an enjoyable way to live. However, if you want to achieve something more, it’s important that you strive to be more.

2. Big goals are exciting.

Going camping in the Lakes for the 10th year in a row is fine, but odds are you won’t be that excited about doing it again. Your first trip to Rome might be another story. Few things feel better than excitement and anticipation. Big goals can provide you with both.

◦ If your goals aren’t exciting to you, try aiming a little higher.

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”

–Bill Copeland

3. Big goals require real change and growth.

Dropping five pounds or earning an extra £50 this year, require little change and growth on your part. Losing 60 pounds or tripling your salary will force you to make some major changes. (PS. We’re not saying these are goals you should be striving for, they’re just examples)

If you want to become all you can be, you don’t have to join the army. You can just set and achieve big goals.

4. Thinking big reduces the number of distractions in your life.

If you have something big that you’re trying to accomplish, you don’t have time to worry about the little stuff. You become more focused and mentally relaxed.
◦ Having a significant objective in your life makes life simpler, and in many ways, easier.

5. Thinking big expands your world.

Thinking big forces you to identify your strengths and weaknesses. It forces you out of your comfort zone, expanding your world.

6. Big thinking can also expand your belief of what is possible.

You can challenge limits. You need to view the world in a new way to accomplish big objectives.
◦ Imagine the change of thinking required to develop the first airplane or to run a sub 4-minute mile.
◦ Your goals might not be as grand, but your thinking will have to evolve in some way.

7. You’ll view common challenges in life as much smaller inconveniences.

Focus on the bigger picture and the smaller things won’t seem to matter as much. When you’re trying to make your first billion pounds, a leaky tap seems like small potatoes. When your plan for the evening is to just watch Friends reruns, a leaky kitchen sink can make you think, “life is so unfair!” .

“If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals.”

–Lou Holtz

Thinking big does a lot for your enthusiasm, creativity, and ultimately your confidence. It can also do wonders for your social life. Imagine telling a date that you’re working on a plan to build schools in Africa. That’s a little more intriguing than talking about the football game you watched last weekend.

Thinking big is claiming your right to have an exciting and meaningful life. You can do whatever you set your mind to. Set your big goals and persevere. Raise your thinking and your life experience will follow.