In a recent version of Jim Rohn's weekly newsletter (1), Robert Kiyosaki recounts a lost opportunity when he balked at paying $2 million for a property that, 30 years later, is worth at least $150 million. What were his main reasons? First, he didn't have a plan and second, the number scared him.
If you were raised with modest means, it is sometimes difficult to overcome you conservative roots. When the numbers get too big, it is hard for you to take the risk. Thus, you take more conservative projects with a higher rate of success and don't even entertain the possibility of something bigger. This same thinking can easily invade your business. When things are going well, it is sometimes hard to think of them going better—a lot better. You worry about messing up a good thing. Your thinking becomes confined to what is already working. No bigger plans seem necessary.
Even Robert Kiyosaki confides that he had to be pushed to think bigger. He constantly battled his thinking to come up with a bigger and better plan. He worked with a mentor (Donald Trump) who pushed him. Do you have a mentor that is willing to push your thinking? How big do you want to think? Sometimes it is not about what you would necessarily get if you could, but just the idea that you could get it if you wanted to. How big would that be? What would have to change in your business or your life to make that happen? How much do you want it to happen?
To consistently grow your business, you need to think big. But you also need a plan. The person that eventually bought the property for $2 million had a plan. He had an investor, a hotel chain that wanted to build there. He didn't just buy the property because he could, but because he had a specific plan and purpose in mind—and the pieces in place to make that plan work. He had the bigger plan and the resources in place to make it work. He also reaped great rewards.
When you are thinking about your business and where you would like to go, think about your plan. How are you going to get there? What resources do you need to accomplish your goal? Are there other people that need to be involved? Are thinking big enough? Don't be afraid to expand your mind and your thinking. It may result it even more than your biggest plans.
"Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success." -- David. J. Schwartz, Ph.D., Author and Self Help Guru
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