10x Your Goals…
Much of the advice we get tells us to focus on the aiming for the stars.
But what if I told you that doing just this, leaves us with our heads in the clouds? And that this advice had a crucial missing element?
This missing element doesn’t sound as flashy, and it doesn’t promise any shortcuts to success.
But it WILL get you on a path that actually leads to progress, results & achievement.
So what is this new advice that I’d like to share with you?
Simply put… “Think big, start SMALL”
WHY BILL GATES HAD THE RIGHT IDEA:
You may have heard the famous quote from Bill Gates when he was first building Microsoft – he said his vision for the company was to “put a computer in every home in America”.
Years later, having actually fulfilled that objective, he remarked that what he should really have aimed for – was to put a computer in every home on the planet.
His point was, the bigger you aim, the further you get – and there is absolutely truth to this.
But it’s even more important to remember that when Bill Gates was starting out back in the 1970s, working away on the computer from his parents garage – yes, he had a grand vision, but his day-to-day attention was on the small, mundane, but crucial first steps in-front of him.
ARE YOU WILLING?
Nowadays it seems many of us aren’t willing to do the “small stuff”.
We’re all far too concerned with the glitz and glamour of the visions we have for ourselves; dreams of becoming the next CEO, the next motivational speaker or the next celebrity personality.
Part of this stems from our culture’s fascination with overnight fame and success, but the real root of the problem, I believe comes from our own ego.
You see, your ego HATES the idea of “starting small” – and it will actively try to dissuade you from doing such things. Have you ever caught yourself thinking:
“These tasks are inconsequential, boring… I should be focusing on more exciting things!”
“I couldn’t possibly do that, it’s demeaning, embarrassing even. It’s beneath me!”
HOW WE STARTED:
Four years ago, I sat down with Dan and Chris with the idea of starting our business. We’d each seen huge benefits in our own lives from doing personal development work, and were ready to share it with the world.
The first business meeting, we spent FOUR hours carefully, painstakingly working…
Only to decide what our business should be called.
Then patted ourselves on the back for a job well done.
The next business meeting we spent ANOTHER four hours working diligently…
Only to come up with a logo.
And again, we patted ourselves on the back for all of our hard work. We were in business!
But in reality, we hadn’t achieved anything – most of our “work” was really just “talk”.
You see, anyone can come up with a business name, create a logo, call themselves an entrepreneur or a thought-leader. but very few go on to actually do the hard-work necessary to earn such names.
So with our business name and logo sorted, we were ready take on the world.
Or so we thought.
We tried various things to find our big break, jumping in feet-first with huge courses, online events and big marketing strategies. Only nothing seemed to materialize. It was disheartening. All our motivation and ‘work’ had come up short.
Eventually, we realised the problem…
We were aiming big, when what we needed to do, was start small.
WHY DOES STARTING SMALL WORK?
Firstly, focusing too much on our big visions can simply be overwhelming. Overwhelm leads to procrastination, and procrastination leads to failure.
Why do you think there are so many millions of people out there with big dreams that they’ve never dared to act upon?
Starting small is easy, you don’t need a grand plan or to have everything figured out – you simply have to take the first, smallest, most simple step, and then keep going.
With each small step, you have a better vantage-point from which to identify the NEXT step.
Each step requires an action; and all of those small actions provide you with feedback.
“This thing worked, this thing did not…”
All of that feedback results in EXPERIENCE. Real, authentic experience, the kind that actually makes you better at making decisions.
Through the process of starting small, we’re able to learn from our mistakes AND make progress all while staying motivated to keep going.
BACK TO OUR STORY…
We finally made the decision to start small & figure out our very first step. Which for us meant delivering workshops FOR FREE – not very glitzy or glamorous.
The first night, we had 2 people turn up (to A FREE workshop!)
The second night, we had… 3 people turn up!
But the third night we had half a room full – and it wasn’t long until people were happily paying to attend.
Soon enough we had a full schedule of events lined up, and our hard work began to finally produce results.
All this, from starting small.
So, if you want to run a marathon, start by walking around the block.
If you want to become a confident, start by smiling at one person each day on your commute.
If you want to earn money from something, start by offering it for free.
Wherever you are and whatever you wish to do…
think big, but start small.