How Thinking BIG Will Change Your Life

“Belief triggers the power to do” – David J. Schwartz, Magic of Thinking Big

Good Morning all..

Today’s lesson on the road to filling yourself with Xenium is all about thinking BIG, and how just this one mind-shift will change your life. David Schwartz decided this topic was so important that he felt it worthy of a whole book, The Magic of Thinking Big. So that should give you an idea of how important this topic is, in the jigsaw of successfulness it is like one of the corner pieces that always gets laid out on the table before anything else, you have to have this in place to work out what comes next.

WTF is Thinking ‘Big’? 

Good question, in its most basic form, thinking ‘big’ is simply having ambition, but having ambition in abundance. It is about embracing the “Realm of Possibility”(I know what you are thinking! “That sounds like something from World of Warcraft”).  This is accomplished by thinking “outside the box” (i.e., in an unconventional manner), and dreaming very ambitious dreams.

What It’s Not.

Now before I start explaining what thinking ‘big’ will do for you, and how it will in particular change your life, let me begin by telling you what it isn’t and what it wont do for you. Thinking ‘big’ is not a short cut to success, its not a quick fix to make you rich and famous. Thinking big is just the first, yet utterly fundamental step to achieving meaningful life goals, goals that will change your life. Think of it as the corners of your life puzzle and then ‘dedication’ makes up the complete picture (regarding the topic of dedication, we will cover that in another post.) This point is, I believe summed up by the quote from Victoria Secret model, Chanel Iman.

“Five years from now I still see myself working hard to get to where I want to be, because I think big.” – Chanel Iman, Model.
(I wonder if thats the first time that David J. Schwartz and a Victoria Secret model have been quoted in the same article?)
Thinking ‘big’ is a long term mentality, its not a quick short cut to get rich or achieve goals. If you are going to be successful then its just something that you are going to have to get used to doing naturally. Later on in this post we will cover how you can work on training this skill, until it just becomes your way of thinking.
The second thing I want to establish is that thinking ‘big’ is not a lie. This isn’t some new age woowoo solely designed to further the careers of dubiously qualified consultants. This stuff actually works, that will unlock real opportunities for you, when you learn to think big you learn to notice what is possible, you will start to achieve things that you thought weren’t possible 6 months ago. If you don’t believe me then go and find someone that in your eyes has ‘made it’, and ask them, “would you be where you are now without thinking ‘big’?” When you have done this then let me know their answer in the comments section below.
How is Thinking ‘Big’ Going to Change Your Life.

“Ordinary people believe only in the possible. Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see it as possible.” –Cherie Carter-Scott

Thinking ‘big’ will set you apart from the ordinary and put you in the extraordinary category. It enables you to set yourself extraordinary goals rather than ordinary ones. It will make you see how its possible to run that marathon that you never thought you could, it will make you see the pathways to starting the business that you thought was ‘un-realistic’, it will let you set yourself the goals that will change your life!
When you are aiming to achieve any goal the first step that you need to take is to vividly visualise the image of you achieving it, including all of the emotions, the feelings that you will have once you have achieved it. Once you have been able to visualise what was previously thought of as impossible, it will then enable you to plan how you can work to achieve it. Thinking ‘big’ will help you to do this with extraordinary, life changing goals.
A great example of how thinking ‘big’ has been the catalyst for life changing goals being achieved was Richard Bannister becoming the first person to run a Four Minute Mile back in 1954. Nobody thought it was possible to run a mile inside four minutes, so most accepting this as gospel never attempted it. So it took Richard Bannister to think ‘big’ and to aim to run the four minute mile in order for him to complete it. Funnily enough in the 3 months after Richard Bannister broke this milestone, 4 other people managed the same feat, going to show that this previously regarded ‘impossible task’ was indeed not impossible at all.
Tell Me How to Think ‘Big’
It can be one thing to know you should be doing something, but a whole different ball game actually doing it. I know I need to change my diet to one with more greens and healthy food, I’ve known this for about 3 years… but its only since 3 weeks ago that I’ve actually done anything about it by taking small steps to adjust my diet rather than large, wholesale changes. (Hat tip to Leo Babauta on that one)
Learning how to start thinking ‘Big’ is just that, a learning process, its not like flicking a switch and suddenly a world of possibilities will open up to you. Much like me and my slowly improving diet, you will need to work at this skill, and slowly adjust your mindset to one where you see the possibilities where others see the impossible.
These are some methods that I have used when training this skill. There undoubtedly are others, and feel free to share what’s worked for you in the comments section.
  • Write down a list of the 1o most impressive things that you have achieved in the past 12 months. Look at this list and consider where you could have actually achieved a lot more. Or achieved it much quicker than you did originally. This will show you where you are currently under performing or not reaching your potential.
  • The next time that you set a goal, decide on the parameter of achieving it, Time, Effort and Cost. Then take small amount off the parameters so to make the goal harder to achieve within the parameters. Keep doing this with goals that you set and you will then start to surprise even yourself with what you can achieve.
  • Set yourself a goal that you actually know that you couldn’t achieve .. Something that you genuinely regard as impossible. Then write down three milestones that you would have to achieve in order for this goal to become realised. Then write down the three steps that you would need to achieve in order to realise each of these Milestones and then finally write down again the three things that you would need to do in order to acheive these steps. Now look at all of the mini steps and milestones and think if actually that previously impossible goal is actually now realistic.
Closing Thoughts
The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.— William James
Here at Xenium, I’m passionate and wholly believe that its you, today’s young generation that have the power to change the world in a positive manner. We have a unique opportunity due to great technological advancements of recent times to communicate and spread action much faster and effectively. However, regardless of any technological change, I think its the changing of attitudes and perceptions that enable this generation to succeed where previous ones have failed. One of those major shifts in attitude and perception has been the tendency to think ‘big’, to push boundaries and test ourselves.
In the above quote William James taps into this new found power and new found knowledge that changing your mindset can change your life. So when are you going to start changing your mindset to thinking ‘big’ and change your life?

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