You have probably heard the phrase “Think big.”
Now let me complete it, “Think big, act bigger.”
Thinking big is great, and essential for making any progress in life. But if the thought is not followed by immediate action, it becomes first a wish, and then after some time, another source of frustration in your life. Another “I could, I should, I didn’t” that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Then, is it worth it to think big?
Absolutely, but you must do it the right way if you want to achieve big results. After meeting some people who have achieved big things in life, I have discovered three steps that are essential to successfully unlocking the power of thinking big in your life.
1. Get comfortable with the “You” factor
First of all, you must dare to see yourself in the biggest situations and achieving the biggest goals. If the “you” factor is missing or blurry, the equation is not going to work.
Take all the time you need to find the reasons why you are unable to see yourself in better situations. This might be uncomfortable to do and may require some time and commitment. But if you open up, you will start looking directly at some of the personal elements that are limiting your progress.
Finding them and looking at them are the first steps toward making them vanish, and realizing that you already have all that you need to achieve whatever you want in life. If you clearly know your strong and weak points, you will be capable of finding a way that allows you to reach your destination with them. If you don’t know them, you’ll just see other people achieving what you want by using some of your weak points, and then you’ll just end up thinking that it’s impossible for you, given your circumstances.
There are never two identical paths to the same destination. Never. The thing that will take you anywhere is knowing yourself. With that knowledge, you will be able to design the path most suited to the person you are. If you just follow the path of others blindly, you will either get lost along the way or struggle with trying to become like them. If you don’t know yourself or the paths others have followed, you simply won’t know how to start and will even lose faith about whether it is possible to reach the destination.
Remember, there is always a way for you to achieve your bigger goals. It already exists, but you won’t be able to see it until the moment you know yourself enough.
2. Think bigger
If the thought doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable, then you are not thinking big enough.
Whatever your thought or goal is, ask yourself, “If this was the last goal I would ever achieve in my life, the thing I want to be remembered by, would I do it bigger?”
“What would I love to add to it?”
“What would my actions be in that case?”
You have to push your thought muscles further.
They work like any other muscles. If they get used to perform at a comfortable, average level, they tend to stay there. The more you push them, the more bigger thinking becomes your natural state. But you have to keep pushing them if you don’t want to get stuck and lose your drive and inspiration. The beautiful thing is to keep pushing perpetually, and verify for yourself that there are no limits.
3. Take immediate action
The thought must be followed by immediate action. Otherwise, the possibility of it going rotten inside your mind increases dramatically. One of the worst things that can happen to you is to think about something big, see and feel yourself in that beautiful situation, and then not take any action and just let it wait on your “Someday” list forever.
There is no someday, there is now or never.
You are always taking steps towards one direction or another. If you don’t direct your steps towards what you really want now, one day you will realize that you are further from it than you were before. Remember, “The best time to plant a tree was 10 years ago, but the second best time is NOW.”
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