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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

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

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 deadli...

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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

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

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...

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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...

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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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Telling Others About Your Pursuit

It can keep you accountable, but it can also lead to a false sense of completeness. One way to avoid sabotaging yourself is to state your goal as a commitment rather than progress towards the finished product.

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SMART goal-setting framework

Set goals that are:

  • Specific: It will be easier to see what you need to accomplish.
  • Measurable: How will you know when you’ve achieved your goal?
  • Attaina...

Locke and Latham’s 5 Principles of Goal-Setting

  1. Clarity: clear goals help with understanding the task at hand.
  2. Challenge: the goal should be challenging enough to prove motivating, but not impossible to achieve. 
  3. Commitment: involve your team in the goal-setting process.
  4. Feedback: measure your progress and seek advice.
  5. Task complexity: be careful in adding too much complexity to your goals as it can impact morale, productivity, and motivation.

Objectives & Key Results (OKRs) framework for goal setting

  • Objectives – This is what you hope to accomplish. Objectives usually take the form of broad goals that are not measurable (that’s what the Key Results section is for).
  • Key Results – Based on objectives, the key results are almost always defined with a specific number.

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3 Keys to effective goal-setting

  1. Be Your Own Therapist And Shrink Yourself. Ask yourself why do you really want this goal and what feeling do you hope to get from achieving it.
  2. The Big Picture, Middle P...