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How to Become a Big Thinker

https://michaelhyatt.com/how-to-become-a-big-thinker/

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How to Become a Big Thinker
Last week I wrote about how the mindset of a successful creative differs from less successful ones. I listed thinking big as the No. 1 characteristic. Over the years, I've heard from countless people who struggle with this. I get it. When we're young, parents and teachers tell us we can do anything.

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Review Your Goals Daily

Review Your Goals Daily

Doing so allows you to better adjust your plans to unforeseen events and be more efficient. It also gives you a sense of progress which works as a motivation tool.

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Set a Deadline

Set a Deadline

A deadline is a way to make a dream more concrete—which is what thinking big is about. A deadline also creates a sense of urgency that motivates you to take action.

Set a deadline to your goals and if you get stuck, ask yourself what’s the worst that can happen if you don’t do it.

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How You Can Affect The Outcome

How You Can Affect The Outcome

Imagine all the steps you can to achieve your goal and accept that you may never see the full path. The important thing is to do the next right thing today.

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Outline What Has To Be True

Outline What Has To Be True

Find out what are the necessary steps to achieving your goal. Start with the dream and work backward so you can better identify needed tangential tasks.

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Connect With What Is At Stake

Connect With What Is At Stake

Before you start pursuing it, ensure you know why the goal is important to you, what achieving it will enable and the risks and benefits of doing and not doing it. 

Your rationale will provide the intellectual and emotional power to persist when difficulties arise.

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Write Down Your Dream

Write Down Your Dream

This is the act that transforms a dream into a goal. 

Writing down your goals forces you to clarify what you want, motivates you to take action, helps you overcome resistance, and gives you a way to objectively measure your success.

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Imagine The Possibilities

Imagine The Possibilities

Give yourself permission to dream. Imagine yourself being successful at what you’re working on or even the best at it.

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Personal & Individual OKRs (Objectives and Key Results)

Personal OKRs are for your personal life, individual OKRs are for performance tracking at work.

Why Use Personal OKRs?

We all want things from life, but life wants things from us too.
  • How do you accomplish the things that are important to you, but aren’t urgent? 
  • How do you move forward when life is screaming at you to focus on now?

From Goal setting to Goal achieving.

  • First, Close Out the Last Quarter with Learning. Take the last week of the quarter to grade last quarter’s OKR set. Reflection is the key to accelerated learning.
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  • Focus on Won’t Get Done. OKRs for things you’re worried you’re NOT going to do, not for tracking things you will.