has often been said that bigger is not always better. That
may be true when considering automobiles and the current price
of gas, but it is never true when it comes to new ideas or personal
dreams where thinking big is always better.
me illustrate. Think back to when you were a child. Perhaps
you dreamed that one day you would grow up, get married, and have
children. A nice dream, right? And many of you have likely achieved
some version of that dream. But what if you had dreamed instead
that you would grow up and marry a billionaire? Sounds crazy,
wasn’t for Caroline Bessette Kennedy, the late wife of John
F. Kennedy, Jr. While growing up she dreamed of marrying a billionaire.
The result? She landed one of America’s most eligible bachelors
who also happened to be a millionaire to boot. Some of you are
probably saying, “That may be true, but look at the tragedy
that befell them.” My response: at least she died living
her dream. That’s the power of thinking big.
my survey last month, I asked my readers to share their opinions
on the power of thinking big. Seventy-five percent of respondents
agreed that they don’t think big enough about their work
or business, and of those that do have big dreams, 75% of respondents
indicated that they lack the follow-through in order to make them
happen. Further, over 85% of respondents noted that they don’t
know where to start or what steps to take to make them happen.
to Kathy Gillen, an executive coach who helps successful entrepreneurs
become dynamic leaders, in order to think big, you need to “
remove the ‘heebie-jeebies’ about stepping forward
and doing what is uncomfortable.” How can we do that? Gillen
recommends a simple technique. She says, “Change your focus
from your internal fears ("I might make a mistake or look
stupid"), to an external focus ("I'm making a huge contribution!")
It’s that simple.”
working with clients, I always suggest that they do the following:
Write down all of your big ideas/ dreams. Say them out loud.
Share them with a trusted friend or advisor.
Visualize yourself successfully bringing your idea or dream
to life. What will you look like? How will you feel? Where
will you be?
Establish goals for how you will go about achieving them.
Make them “SMART” goals and you will be more likely
to achieve them. (Click
here for more information about setting goals.)
Determine what action steps will help move you forward. List
them and include a target start date, target end date, and
resources for completing them.
Select one action step and do it today!
are some additional tips for thinking big: Don’t
seek validation from others (they may not always agree with you
or support you). Do seek out and create a support infrastructure
(role model, coach, other big thinkers) to support your ideas
and dreams and to help you craft and implement your plan of action.
Do take risks and step out of your comfort zone. People who are
comfortable taking risks typically experience increased autonomy,
heightened self-esteem, a more positive attitude toward life and
an increased sense of personal power. The positive outcomes of
thinking big and taking risks far outweigh any discomfort or fear
you may have.
it comes to thinking big, remember the words of Mother Theresa,
“The biggest person with the biggest ideas can be shot down
by the smallest person with the smallest mind. Think big anyway.”
So, what are you waiting for?
Barr is a management consultant with a passion for helping women
develop their full potential. For more information on her programs
and services, check out her website, http://www.redladder.com
or contact Regina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copyright 2005 Regina
Barr, Red Ladder, Inc.