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Big and small thinking

Along your path to success in almost anything, you may have created a big audacious goal for yourself. 

It’s common to think big and we’re often given the advice to set ‘huge’ goals and think abundantly.

Thinking big certainly has its place. 

It helps remind us to focus on the big picture and stretch beyond the limitations of what we think might be possible.

Constantly holding our big goal in mind doesn’t always get us to take action though, whatever your goal might be. 

Sometimes it can even have the opposite effect of making us feel negative about our progress so far.

When we have a goal in mind and we compare that goal to where we are now and see the distance between the two, it often leaves us feeling disempowered rather than empowered.

We begin to dread the huge amounts of work that needs to be completed and so we feel like giving up.

A goal that was supposed to make us feel empowered, made us feel quite the opposite.

Here are some of the challenges that come with setting bigger goals

  • Too much pressure on yourself

A big goal needs lots and lots of action, and so it also brings with it more stress and pressure as you’ve set more work for yourself.

  • Your identity can get caught up in it

As we think big, our ego can get tied into it.  We create false ideas about ourselves and see ourselves as something which isn’t really true to us.  Ask yourself if you are doing it for your own joy or for what others will think of you?

  • Becoming overly results-focussed

Results are great, but if you focus too much on the end result you lose touch with everything else.  As you obsess with results you stop connecting with the process of creating something for the pure joy of it.

  • Fear of failure

If our goal is high, our chance of failure is high too.  So we begin to create a fear of failure of not achieving it.

The Solution – Patiently take small steps

Thinking smaller and taking small steps has atomic power. 

You don’t even have to have the stress of a big goal in mind.  All you need to know is the next small step.

Taking small steps has compound consequences, as you add up all the work done over a long period of time you’ll be amazed at how far you’ve got.

You can set yourself up for taking small actions on a daily basis.  

Let’s look at an example of writing a book, here’s what you might think:

Example 1:

Big Goal Thinking: Publishing a bestselling book with big-name publisher

Small Action Thinking: Just write 150 words per day

That 150 words per day amounts to 54K words in a year.

Example 2:

Big Goal Thinking: Become a leader in your field

Small Action: Start by publishing and sharing 2 articles per week

This small action amounts to 104 articles in a year.

So the solution is to have patience.

If you just have the patience to take the next step, you can afford to ignore everything else.

About Aneesh

Aneesh is a writer, web developer and life explorer.

He writes about topics such as personal growth, the art of coaching, business, productivity.

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