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Set Goals Beyond Your Comfort Zone

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. 

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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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. 

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The Brain And The “Box”

As we age, our brains become increasingly more ingrained into familiar patterns and routines.

Our acquired patterns and routines virtually confine us to our thinking to "the box", or more precisely, to a more left-hemisphere dominant style of handling information. But learning to tap into the more creative right hemisphere of the brain can generate new insights, enabling you to think in a unique manner about both the problems and opportunities. 

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