Common Mistakes: Thinking Small

Why is it that, at times, we are so committed to thinking small (and safe)? Why are we more comfortable thinking the glass is “half empty” instead of “brimming full”? I come from a baptist, Christian background that constantly taught me to think big is to “show off,” that the neighbors are going to think badly of me, and that I was not “all that.”

This is a shadow that still lives within me, and I constantly keep reminding myself that the only way to keep growing and changing is to THINK BIG.

Before

wedding tents

Building a bubble tent the size of a football field

After

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However, for me, thinking big always has to involve setting realistic expectations (yes, Mr. Obama is already the first black president). A good way of knowing if my expectations are real is to gauge how afraid I am in taking the next step (at times I am terrified). I then acknowledge my fear, act cautious, and if it feels right, jump right ahead.

When we think big we allow the unknown to become known. We allow ourselves to see what is new and different within us, and it has no patience with repetition. I have always been more interested in what might be than what has always been, and, for me, this is the ultimate definition of THINKING BIG.

Before

Building a crystal palace.

After

Here are some tips to help you think big:

  • Forget about what everyone else is doing. A big part of thinking small, I think, is just trying to catch up to the competition. Doing what everyone else is doing. Forget them and think about what YOU can do and how you can do it in your own special way.
  • Forget the word “impossible.” Many times people restrict themselves by saying, “That’s impossible. I could never do that.” Pretend you can do anything. What is it you would do? Then, do it.
  • Forget there’s a price tag. Indulge yourself by thinking about what you would do if you had a limitless amount of money. Then, once you’ve thought about that, think practically about some cost-effective ways (they are out there) you can reach that goal.

Now, tell me, do you think you are someone who thinks big or small? And why?

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