A 3min guide to thinking big

Thinking BIG is the way that successful people think. Often the only difference between an owner of a struggling Chinese restaurant that works 100 hours a week and Sam Walton who created Walmart and one of the richest men in the world is how big they once thought. Often people will work similar hours, and have similar opportunities to start with but the determining factor in their future success is how big they think.

“A wise man will be the Master of His Mind.
 A Fool will be Its Slave.”- Publilius Syrus

When thinking BIG there are some things to take into account. Thinking big not easy, it’s a road full of roadblocks and potential pitfalls. Here are some ways to overcome them and stay on the path to success.

The following are notes from reading ‘The Magic of Thinking Big’ by David Schwartz.

1. Not everyone thinks big.

We call the people who aren’t able to think big ‘little people’ and the majority of people in the world fall into this category in some degree. It is best to assume you will run into a number of these people throughout your journey. When you do, it’s important to remember the following things:

  1. You win when you refuse to fight petty people. Fighting little people reduces you to their size. Remain thinking big.
  2. Expect to be sniped aim. It is proof you are growing.
  3. Be compassionate to the snipers. Feel sorry for them for not being able to think big.

You should attempt to think big enough so you are immune to the attacks of petty people .

Given that little people will disagree and often try and take you down, arguments will naturally arise. It’s important though to remember the following before they do:

  1. Ask yourself, how important is this thing really? Is it worth wasting your time arguing about?
  2. Arguments are never a win-win. You never gain anything from an argument, but you can certainly lose something.

Think big enough to see that arguments are a waste of time and will not help you get where you want to be.

2. Self-doubt is natural

Thinking big takes courage and self-confidence. It is perfectly natural to have moments of self doubt and ‘I’m not good enough”. When these moment arise, it’s important to remember:

  1. Look important. It will help you think important. How you look on the outside has a lot to do with how you look on the inside.
  2. Concentrate on your assets. Build a self commercial that sells yourself, to yourself. This should be a 30 second mantra that you can repeat yourself, identifying and reminding yourself why you do in fact have the ability to succeed and think big.
  3. Put other people in proper perspective. The other person or competition is only another human being. There is no reason to be afraid of them.

Think big enough to see how good you really are.

3. Failure is inevitable, handle it the right way

Thinking big is a new frontier, it is the road less travelled and it is flooded with failures and hardships. However it is possible to fail, but never be defeated. Successful people treat failure different, here’s how:

  1. Regard the setback as a lesson. Learn from it. Research it. Be obsessed by it. Use it to propel you forward. Ensure to salvage something from every set back.
  2. Blend persistence with experimentation. There is little point in trying the same thing over and over again with no success, it is clear something must change. Do not be the fool that thinks working hard and working smart are binary. You must consistently re-evaluate the situation, refine the solution and aim for the best results. Don’t stop the process until you achieve the best.

Think big enough to see that defeat is a state of mind, nothing more.

4. Think big in everything you do

From your home life and relationships, to your career, to your personal development, it is important to think big in everything you do.
 Approach every situation with a ‘I can do this better’ belief and you will never find yourself on the wrong side of feedback or criticism. The best is not unattainable, and you should strive for it in everything aspect of your life.

Implement a 30-day improvement plan outlining key areas of improvements. Include the following things:

  1. ‘Break these habits:’
  2. ‘Acquire these habits:’
  3. ‘Increase my net worth these ways:’
  4. ‘Increase my value to my company these ways:’
  5. ‘Sharpen my mind these ways:’

Set these goals every 30 days to ensure you are always on target to hit your larger yearly, 5-yearly or life goals.

If you think big enough to see that if you put service first, money will take care of itself.

Originally published at beingsdc.com on January 10, 2016.