Thinking Small will only Get Small Results
Recently I overheard a conversation with a well known authority on high performance. During the conversation a major aha occurred with a really basic or fundamental issue.
The major issue discussed was about your thoughts. If you only think about small things – especially goals and challenges – your results will be small.
As I reflected upon this basic concept of high performance or achievements in life, I realized I have been impacted by the thinking small on more than one occasion.
Here is what is so destructive about thinking small. You begin to settle for the easy or status quo. When you settle for the small stuff, you will negatively impact your personal drive to take on big hairy scary challenges. This are the ones with some risk attached, yet, the returns are higher when you are successful with the bigger thoughts.
There are large numbers of people who live their live in the world of small thinking. A consequence of thinking small is boredom and complacency. When these traits enter into your world, the major result is unhappiness with most things around you.
In the world of high performance, meeting challenges head on and finding the energy and innovation to take these on with the intention of winning the challenge is what drives people to their highest levels of performance.
Performance is not about your IQ or even how smart you are – it is all about applying your intelligence to a specific situation using focus and determination to win and win big.
Often I have heard from B2B Sales people – they go after the larger accounts because it will take the same amount of energy and time in the process, so they might as well go after the big rewards rather than the smaller ones. This is an example of thinking big.
Many years ago I read an excellent book by David Schwartz entitled “The Magic of Thinking Big.” It was so good it is still in print today. I highly recommend this book for opening your mind to the opportunities of thinking big.
Remember, challenge is what gives you creative energy to take on larger roles – roles just waiting on you to make your move into ranks of the high performers.