Basically, there is no difference between a big or a small goal. The only thing that separates them is a person’s mindset.
If you have a big goal, you must have a mindset to match. So if your mindset can only hold a small vision, you will get a small vision.
There is nothing wrong with having a small goal as long as you pursue and accomplish that goal. Otherwise, it will fester in your mind. Accomplishing small goals will lead to bigger goals.
The only way I know to make a your mindset expand is to do things you don’t normally do. Examples would be to visit a Ferrari dealership if you want to live a swank, rich lifestyle, or spend some time in a five star hotel. You could have tea and cucumber sandwiches there while you admire the crisp linen and the polished silverware. Get the rich feel of things. Expansion is endless as long as you prove to yourself that you can do it. People jump out of airplanes to prove to themselves that they dare to do something scary and outrageous.
I just watched a video of a man walking a “slackrope” across two buttes somewhere out west. One misstep and he would plunge to his death. Not something I would do EVER, but I have my own small world to deal with. Challenge creates resistance and resistance stops us from moving forward.
If I want to paint a mural but only paint small canvases, say, 8X8″ inches, it would be hard to paint a mural. Not impossible, but challenging for sure. I would have to research layout and perspective and how to transfer a small image to a larger size. That is just the technical side of things.
Would I dare to paint a mural that depicted people or flowers? An abstract yes, but something realistic would be a real stretch.
But now I paint 8X8″ up to 36×48″ canvases, and painting large opens up to a freedom I don’t feel when painting small.
The point here is to actually DECIDE on a goal, small or big, and go for it. Don’t let anything distract, especially the naysayer within.
Why play it so small when life could be so much more? I ask myself that question every day. Since I’m aware of it, I make conscious choices to stretch my boundaries.
The gain: I have noticed that when I’m with people they often ask me for help or want answers to questions to things I have done, and they haven’t. I don’t mind sharing, and that also shows me that every small goal I have accomplished has a great impact. Results accumulate quickly.
When you don’t stop and look to see where others are at, you blaze your own trail. The longer you’re blazing away, the farther you get, and that’s when people start asking your for help.
Working with increments really make a HUGE difference.
You accomplish a big goal as easily as a little one–in increments. What is the biggest goal that you can dream?
A big stumbling block to achieving a goal is:
Just go for the goal and worry about perfection later (as in never.)
Have a creative Wednesday. xo