Last week I wrote about how the mindset of a successful creative differs from less successful ones. I listed thinking big as the No. 1 characteristic. Over the years, I’ve heard from countless people who struggle with this.
I get it. When we’re young, parents and teachers tell us we can do anything. We can become whatever we want! Then we grow older, and these same people tell us we must become more realistic.
Usually, that’s just code for small thinking.
Pretty soon, their collective voices becomes The Voice in our head. As soon as we have a big thought, we check ourselves: C’mon. Get real. That will never happen. You have to be more realistic. And so it goes. We mistake The Voice for wisdom.
That was the mindset I had until I picked up The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz. This book was originally published in 1959. I read it for the first time in the late eighties. It forever changed my approach to life and work.
Since that time, I have become convinced that thinking big is not a gift, but a skill—one that anyone can develop. It starts by understanding the process and then consistently practicing it.
Here are seven steps to thinking big: