Think small, start small

If you have no problems dreaming, but have trouble following through on goals and projects, you need to start thinking differently. Start thinking small, not big. Think as small as you can so you can start doing. The mere act of doing will snowball into an avalanche as long as you keep going. Thinking big can sometimes trap you into procrastination because the big dreams are so far removed from where you are today, your mind instantly think about how long it will actually take to get “there” and so you can take your time and you can postpone taking action. This is paralyzing! Break free and think small.  

In this episode, I share why you need to think small, not big to be successful


Traps of thinking big

1.     Too big for you to believe in

2.     Gap between today and future causes paralysis

3.     An excuse to procrastinate


Benefits of thinking small

1.     Small = easy = action

2.     Build routines and habits to win

3.     No excuse to procrastinate


Full transcript:

We've heard it all before. The internet is full of advice. It tells us to dream big. Think of a moonshot, shoot for the stars. But when you do that, it really points at the gap between where you are today and where you want to be and not tomorrow. Because you know that if you dream for the moon, if you shoot for the moon isn't going to happen tomorrow is going to happen over a long period of time. And what happens is that you tend to procrastinate. You tend to think about, Oh, if I'm going to, let's say run, you know, be an iron man for example. And I'm starting for my couch. Yeah, maybe it is not tomorrow. Definitely not right? It's next year, perhaps five years, 10 years. So when you start thinking about how big your goals are, you start putting in time, you will start to procrastinate because it's so big. How do you even go about doing that? What I'm saying is think small. Don't think big. Think small. If you want to be different, if you want to add goals, if you want to do something different in your life, you need to take the steps to do that. And in order to do that, you need to do it step by step. There's no other way, right? You have to take incremental steps every single day. But if you dream big, it makes you stop wanting to do that. It makes you want to procrastinate and wait.

And it can be pretty scary. It can be pretty scary. Let's say going from the couch to competing in an iron man. So what do you need to do? You think small, you think: how about just walking every day? And then after walking, maybe you start running. Maybe you add on a swimming lesson or get on a bike once a week, once every two weeks, you need to start small. You need to think small. Think snowballs, not avalanche because even you make a snowball every single day is going to add to an avalanche. Kobe Bryant said it best when he entered the league. He's been watching stars like Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan play throughout his, his young adulthood. And when he entered the league, he didn't say, Hey, I'm going to be the best basketball player with multiple championships of all time. No, but because of his work ethic, he has been training every single date. His thought was, let's see where this goes. I'm going to continue to do my best, right? Bring it every single night, every single day. Not even just to games, but to training and a practice. And let's see where this goes. And that's the mentality we need to bring about when we go chasing goals.

So do me this one favor. If you want to change something in your life, if there is a goal that you want to reach, don't think big. Sure you can have a North star, you can have a direction. Think the smallest you can think. If it's fitness related, think about what incremental routine, incremental thing you can do every single day to get to and do that. If it's business related, think about the skill you need to acquire and acquire that skill, right? Just learn and get better at something every day. So think small, my friends, not big. Think small and you will be successful. Try that for a change. Take care.