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Here's How the Habit of Thinking Big will Help You Achieve Your Goals

Challenge Weaknesses

Weaknesses are things we neglected and consistently focus on over a lifetime. They are not limitations, but rather opportunities for change.

By challenging our weaknesses we naturally strengthen our ability to deal with the unexpected and develop our arsenal of skills and resources that can be used to tackle big goals.

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Here's How the Habit of Thinking Big will Help You Achieve Your Goals

Here's How the Habit of Thinking Big will Help You Achieve Your Goals

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Develop The Habit Of Thinking Big

... by trial and error and consistently analyzing things related to big ideas, until you've practiced enough your brain can easily establish unusual correlations and a global comprehension develops.

Other ways to increase your capacity for thinking big include problem solving, performing optimizations, providing value to other, being ambitious and mentally trying the outlandish.

Think Like a Child

The key to shifting your perspective and developing the habit of thinking big involves stepping outside of yourself and into another persona — essentially becoming someone who will help you see things bigger, better and more creatively.

You must also think from the perspective of having no limitations or fears and ask big questions persistently until the right answer comes to mind.

Barriers To Thinking Big

  • Limiting habits: procrastination, immediatism, negative thinking, making excuses, solving insignificant problems, over-analyzing, perfectionism.
  • People criticize and judge the unknown and big ideas are often so.
  • Fears of failure and the unknown restrict us to small thoughts, decisions, and actions. 
  • Lack of time turns us into small thinkers and immediatists. 
  • Lack of incentives robs you of the motivation to stretch yourself emotionally or physically. 

Cultivation Is The Key To Thinking Big

  • The language you use reflects your thoughts. If your wording often focuses on complaining and worrying, then your life may reflect these words. Use an empowering language.
  • Don’t settle for safety. Think of goals that will help expand your comfort zone and stretch your imagination.
  • Thinking forward several steps and even years is key to big thinking.
  • Solution-oriented thinking involves asking effective questions that will expand possibilities to previously unconsidered alternatives.
  • Indispensable Qualities to thinking big: passion, courage, optimism, persistence, discipline, and enthusiasm.

Relish Time For Thinking

To think big, find the time to think proactively about your situation. If you don’t you end up in reaction mode and that’s not conducive to finding solutions and ideas that address the larger aspects of an issue.

Also, think of big problems as opportunities. The more often you solve them the better you’ll become at solving future problems.

Challenge Weaknesses

Weaknesses are things we neglected and consistently focus on over a lifetime. They are not limitations, but rather opportunities for change.

By challenging our weaknesses we naturally strengthen our ability to deal with the unexpected and develop our arsenal of skills and resources that can be used to tackle big goals.

Strengthen Willpower And Resilience

Big goals are only achieved by those with the willpower and resilience to keep moving forward when others give up. Those who think big understand cultivating and cultivate these traits on a daily basis even when performing the smallest of tasks.

Tips For Thinking Big

  • Focus on planning and starting small to avoid being overwhelmed.
  • Gather, all the necessary resources, tools, knowledge and support in advance and then consistently act big to reach your goals.
  • Build effective systems that will enable you to have ideas, accelerate decisions and support your creativity.
  • Take calculated risks and weigh up the consequences of your decisions before taking action.

Set Goals Beyond Your Comfort Zone

Thinking big implies setting goals beyond your comfort zone. The bigger the difficulty the bigger the thought.

Keep in mind that setting unattainable goals is counterproductive. An unattainable goal can lead to stress, worry, fear, procrastination and a plethora of other limiting emotions and behaviors. 

Set Challenging Time-Frames

To keep yourself on target, motivated and moving quickly, you must continuously test yourself and your ideas. And this involves setting challenging time-frames that test your limits and stretch your comfort zones. 

Create Artificial Problems

Routinely create artificial problems to strengthen your problem-solving ability and stretch your imagination

Artificial problems also have the benefit of at times leading to unexpected solutions for other seemingly unrelated issues.

Focus Only On What You Want

Ignore the details at first, or what cannot be done. Instead, focus on the big picture and on the possibilities of bringing an idea to fruition. Later, you must ask effective questions that break down the idea into workable parts — making them practical and real-life scenarios.

Focus On The Highest Value Activities

Big thinkers always attempt to maximize the use of their time. As a result, they primarily focus on only the highest value activities that will help them to bring their big ideas into reality.

Focus On Your Strengths

When conceptualizing big ideas, big thinkers take into account their personal strengths and abilities. By conceptualizing ideas that naturally support their strong attributes and talents, they increase their motivation and dedication.

Consistently Reframe Problems

Consistently reframe your problems by expanding possibilities and perspectives. First see the problem for what it is, then twist your perspective of the problem in a creative way to help yourself brainstorm better ideas and solutions.

Associate With Ambitious People

Big thinkers associate with other big thinkers who are ambitious, motivated and inspire others to think, act and be bigger than they ever imagined was possible.

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Step Outside Of Yourself

You can only change your mindset if you consistently care about your thought process. Start thinking big about your tasks and imagine how they can influence your world.

You should start thinking big without reservations or hesitation. You can only contribute more, learn more, become more and stretch yourself and your own abilities beyond their current limitations if you give yourself permission to think beyond the obvious.

Be Curious

Don’t take things on face value, investigate their workings, assume nothing and question everything.

Start the curious habit of questioning everyday things and methods to get answers to questions you mostly ignore. Maintain an open mind and be willing to learn, unlearn and relearn.

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Be Accountable To Someone

Being accountable allows an impartial observer to assess your work. It is advisable to work with people who have walked your path or who have had similar experiences. 

Alternatively, someone who is completely unrelated to your interest may also serve as a watchful eye as they offer an unbiased perspective.

Focus On Smaller Victories

Focussing on smaller victories along the way gives you the self-confidence you need to forge ahead. 

You might stumble upon setbacks along the way during the pursuit of smaller goals that will serve as valuable lessons since they allow you to iron out the creases before pursuing the larger goal. 

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5 elements of effective thinking
  1. Understand deeply: Be brutally honest about what you know and don’t know. Then see what’s missing, identify the gaps, and fill them in.
  2. Make mistakes: Mistakes are great teachers; they highlight unforeseen opportunities and holes in your understanding.
  3. Raise questions: Constantly create questions to clarify and extend your understanding.
  4. Follow the flow of ideas: Look back to see where ideas came from and then look ahead to discover where those ideas may lead.
  5. Change: You can always improve, grow, and extract more out of your education, yourself, and the way you live your life.
Wanting to control everything

By procrastinating, you hold the most control over whatever task you’re working on. However, this also means, obviously, that that particular task isn’t being done.

Seeing a task as one big project

Almost everything we do can be broken down into little manageable parts.

Take, for instance, the laundry. If the laundry seems like a daunting task to you, break it down into steps. Collect all your dirty clothes. Separate colors and whites. Put your clothes on a wash cycle. Put them in the dryer. Fold them.

Being a perfectionist

It can be tempting to put things off or delay completing tasks simply because you’re worried about the outcome being less than perfect.

Just remember that it’s okay if things don’t turn out exactly how you had them in your head.

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Give Up Magical Beliefs

You can’t borrow someone’s motivation. No matter how many books you read or chants you do you won’t become more motivated.

Motivation comes from inside. It comes from you and nowhere else.

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  • Focalism: When picturing an event in the future, you tend to focus only on that event, to the exclusion of everything else that may happen.

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  • It heals our painful experiences by making us see them objectively.

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  • encouragement to go after such opportunities, 
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Creativity is no different from any other habit, good or bad.

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  • Take risks that other people are afraid to take.
  • Have the courage to defy the crowd and to stand up for their own beliefs.
  • Seek to overcome obstacles and challenges to their views that other people give in to.

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