Are You Thinking Big Enough?

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At the Table with Jen

 Today’s chat was inspired by one of my all time favorite books – The Magic of Thinking Big by Dr. David J. Schwartz.

So my parents gave me this copy when I was in high school, and I’ve re-read it many many times since. It’s about a growth mindset. Having a mindset that says I can figure it out or I am more than capable.

If you haven’t read this book, I hope you’ll check it out, but in the mean time – are you thinking big enough?

Meaning – are you brainstorming and whole heartedly pursuing goals that are exciting, audacious, meaningful and scary at the same time?

Do they push you out of your comfort zone?

Another way to think big is to day dream. What would just be amazing for you if it happened?

Don’t just keep these ideas in your head – write them down.

Take out a piece of paper and for 15 minutes, just brain dump everything that comes to your mind of what would be amazing to accomplish, do, have, or experience.

It doesn’t matter what it is as long as it matters to you.

As long as it lights you up

Do you giggle as you write it down because it sounds amazing and fun? That’s a good thing

Do you let out a long sigh or take a deep breath as you write it down because it’s so meaningful it’s scary and really pushes you?

Good – that’s a good thing too.

At the crux of this is your mindset.

In The Magic of Thinking Big, there’s a part where the author talks about each of us having two foreman that work for us. The foreman that managers the positive, go get’em, anything is possible thoughts, and the foreman that manages that negative or self-sabatoging thoughts. They are obedient.

If you are using thoughts and words that are reminding you how scary something is or how unqualified or ill-equipped you are – you’re hiring the foreman who manages the negative to get to work. That foreman will reinforce more of what you are thinking and feeling and saying. Conversely, if you’re telling yourself that this audacious, meaningful, exciting and scary goal is so worth it and you believe in yourself and it will happen, then the positive foreman will get to work.

If you’ve censored yourself as you brain dumped by saying – who do I think I am to make that happen? Or this is way too crazy – you’re doing two things:

  1. Not allowing yourself to think big enough
  2. Summoning the negative foreman to get to work

Get out of your own way and be the confident leader you know you’re meant to be.

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