Challenge Yourself to Think Bigger and Be Better
Growing up as bright eyed children we were taught to dream big and imagine living our most exciting life.
Nothing was impossible. Simpler times indeed.
As the years went by however, we were less likely to receive this sort of encouragement. If anything, we were taught to think “practical”, “logical”, “safe”, and “secure”. In other words, we were programmed to run from discomfort while occupations and lifestyles that promote unpredictability and low success rates are rarely taken seriously.
The fact is that most people we communicate with have been programmed to see the world one way: The rat race guarantees to pay the bills (with financial discipline).
“The rat race may not be sexy, thrilling, exciting or be your dream job, but hey, it’ll do.” – No Thanks
This belief becomes our reality the majority of the time however, as this negative programming sets up an environment that pushes us towards comfort. We accept the concept that it’s easier to settle for good, when great is so much more unlikely.
But I don’t see greatness as that much more unlikely.
It takes a whole hell of a lot of discipline, skill, grit and consistency, but it’s not as far out of the realm as most of us may think.
If I can do it, so can you
This is one of the reasons I got into wanting to help people succeed at a much greater level. I’m not saying I’m great yet, but I am saying, I’m on my way to do something I love while making a positive impact.
After graduating I found myself programming my mind to much greater and productive levels than those around me. And this led me to succeed in many aspects of my life immediately coming out of University (even though I had no clue what I wanted to do). All my 6 pillars were moving vertically, which is always a good sign.
And what got me most excited about my success – especially considering I didn’t specialize in a skill set in school like becoming a Doctor or Lawyer – was that I didn’t do anything special, I simply believed I could form my life the way I wanted, and took small steps to making it become a reality. Over time, my goals were achieved… over and over. As this occurred, I watched plenty of people around me failing and giving up, going backwards in life, to my bewilderment.
I finally realized it all came down to how certain we are behind creating success. Certainty is a mindset. Therefore, we have to train the mind before any greatness can be achieved.
I was certain, because I believed in the process – educate, learn, apply, don’t stop. Not only did I believe, but I took action. Consistently.
Greatness sounds weird to people…I get it
I understand this better than most people may think. As much as I want to be a successful self-help author/adventurer and believe I will become an influencing figure with my words on paper and my voice on stage, I still almost feel awkward telling people that this is what I want to pursue.
The looks I get from a lot of people are that of a “well, good luck with that.” These people don’t know how well I write, what I write about and have never heard me speak in front of a group of people. Regardless if I was a top of the line writer and speaker, most people don’t even bother to inquire. They simply nod, smile, and say that’s awesome. Most people view it as a dream, rather than a reality, due to the nature of it being a rarity.
The Lion never concerns itself with the opinion of sheep
I’m not calling these people sheep, but I am advocating that we don’t take an uneducated opinion to heart.
With that being said, people believing that I will or will not make it as an influential self-help author and speaker is neither here nor there. I know what I’m passionate about and every day I work towards improving this skill, and earning my masters -on my terms- in becoming successful at what I see as my greatest purpose in life.
Ignoring the noise, or even the silence for that matter, is what successful people embrace. Viewing in on a better life mentally, and finding ways to be certain about this success is critical. Successful people, keep up with the grind. They dig into their craft, work when nobody’s watching and they don’t stop until they get where they want to be. It’s not a secret formula. It’s a state of mind and a lifestyle.
Be a Practical Observer
This focused mind however, needs to see things for what they are. It takes strong mental awareness and observation to continue making forward progress. Blindly believing success and greatness will be achieved, is a sure fire way to burn resources, money and time. Thinking big(ger) requires the proper actions to follow suit. Big thinkers need to be well-prepared learners and be self-aware enough to see what changes need to be made and ask for help when needed.
We all go through self-doubt
Like everybody reading this, I get drained, and feel exhausted from time to time too. Even though I know I have the talent and ability to succeed at a very high level, the process at times can seem too daunting that my positive belief built around my dreams gets challenged. I find myself, like all people, wondering if I have the resources, contacts or the “know how”, to make it.
Small steps are your best friend
Thinking big forces us to think about the future. When this happens, questions without answers come to the forefront of our thinking. This uncertainty is where most the doubt and stress come from. When we think BIG, we can get overwhelmed about the process of getting there. How will it happen? When will I get there? Where do I start? Who do I need to know? These are all important questions, but aren’t necessary to have the answers to right away.
When I find myself in this sort of rut, I always bring my awareness back to the small progressions I can make today. By doing this, I control the unpredictable negative emotions that inevitably come with thinking big.
Focusing on the day-to-day steps allows me to make progression through small victories; in doing so, the final destination no longer seems that exhausting or challenging.
It’s about focusing on one puzzle piece at a time.
It’s the people who stick with the puzzle, and keep a healthy mindset along the journey that end up reaping the rewards later on in life.
Self-doubt is none of your concern
Dwelling about what I don’t know, who I don’t know, or the skills that I currently lack isn’t helpful. These concerns are obstacles today. Do not accept them as final. Think big, but act in accordance with small victories. These small victories always lead into much bigger accomplishments down the line.
Strengthen your mind. Think Big(ger). Every great accomplishment starts with a strong foundation.