Why Big Goals Are More Effective Than Small Ones
A lot of us are afraid to admit our biggest goals and our greatest aims to people because we feel a bit silly when we do. In fact, a lot of us are afraid to admit our biggest goals even to ourselves.
Think about it: when you ask a young child what they want to be, they will often tell you they want to be an astronaut, or a football player, or a rock star… maybe even a princess! Very few people will say ‘accountant’. But as you get older, these exciting answers become less and less common. Why is that? Is it because those cool jobs have become less appealing?
Not at all: it’s because we’ve become less ambitious. Why? Because people have told us we can’t accomplish those big things.
The Power of the Big Goal
Actually though, the surprising reality is that sometimes it’s easier to achieve those really big goals than it is to achieve the small ones. Strange though that may sound, there are simple reasons for it.
The first reason that going big works better than going small is that when you have a big goal, you actually will be more likely to stick to it. Big ideas are exciting and that means you’ll feel passionate about them. Want to stuff envelopes? It’s not easy to be enthusiastic about that. Want to change the world? Now you’re going to be driven and the result will be a ‘flow state’ that makes you work twice as hard and twice as well.
At the same time, your enthusiasm will be contagious. And when you tell people your big goals they will take notice. Some people will scoff sure, but some people will get behind you. People like to get attached to things that they find very exciting because they want to be a part of history.
Meanwhile, when you aim really big, you will be aiming for goals that fewer people are trying for. That means that there will actually be less competition for what you’re trying to do. How many people do you think are genuinely trying to become football players? There are a lot fewer than most other jobs, believe you me!
Finally, if you aim really big and you still fail, then chances are you’ll still be a big hit. If you aim for the stars, you’ll maybe hit the moon!
Define Your Goal and Shout About It
The first step to going big is to define what it is you want to achieve and then own it. Most of us will never change the world because we don’t think that we’re capable of it and so we keep it to ourselves. Our biggest ambitions are often things that we’re embarrassed of, terrible though that is.
But as soon as you start acknowledging what you really want to achieve and you start going for it, then you will be able to define your plan of action and you will get attention from people who will be moved by your passion, ambition and dedication. Big ideas will often get attention and a following much quicker than small ones. And that’s how you move on to the next stage.
Find Powerful Allies
This is the part that most people don’t consider. Sure, you might lack the funding or the authority you need, but if you have a good enough idea… then you can find someone who does have the power to. And if you convince then, then they can trumpet your idea or give you the platform and funding you need to accomplish the things you need to accomplish.
This is what Palmer Luckey did when he decided he wanted to make virtual reality a reality (ironic though that sounds). First he admitted to himself that that’s what he wanted. Then he shouted about it on Kickstarter and got a huge backing and then he took the idea to powerful people like John Carmack and Mark Zuckerberg. They gave him the funding, the resources and the knowhow and now the Oculus Rift is poised to genuinely change the world. He started in his basement and he got to where he is in just a few years… and you can do the exact same thing!
Align Your Mind
Hypnosis is the most effective tool for de-hypnotizing yourself from all those things you accepted growing up — all those “I can’ts” — and replacing them with the confidence, vision and motivation to reach your big goals. Hypnosis is actually the intentional harnessing of the brain’s natural learning system, and gives us the ability to basically un-learn and re-learn: who we are, what we’re capable of, and what to expect in this world. Just imagine if you’d grown up in a family where you were taught to expect to succeed, how your life would be different now. Same you. Same brain, same body — different messages. You can choose to be that successful you. And I would be honored and delighted to help! You know where to find me. I help with big goals and little ones too! ;-).
Don’t shy away from what you really want to do or you’ll be constantly living your life on low volume. Embrace your ambition and go for it!
Go big and you almost can’t fail. Time to go big!