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How to Become a Big Thinker

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?
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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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Reevaluate Your Course
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Take a Break For Recovery

When you hit burnout, you become numb to the world; it’s difficult to feel joy and gratitude, which is what keeps you fueled in the face of challenges. So recovery means getting adequate rest and reestablishing joy to your life.

While recovering do things that make you happy, rather than things that lead to a sense of achievement. The former feeds your soul and the latter your ego. Also, get an accountability partner to encourage you to follow your impulses and do what makes you feel alive.

Rewire Your Brain For New Habits

Rewiring your brain, new neural pathways are formed to replace old habits of thinking. This phase is critical, because thoughts lead to emotions, which lead to behavior. To do that:

  • Keep a daily journal or meditate. Notice the repeating thoughts, especially the ones that feel heavy and make you anxious.
  • Daily, at the end of the day, list 10 things you’re grateful for. Gratitude can quickly shift your internal world.
  • Let go of your victim story. Remind yourself that you no longer want to be a victim.
  • Choose and test your beliefs daily.
  • Believe in something bigger than yourself. Faith in a higher power can be the antidote to two symptoms of burnout — helplessness and hopelessness.

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