I do not believe that people wake up in the morning aiming for average. People want to succeed but do not always know how to go about doing so. They start down a path and often get stuck, not knowing how to get themselves out of a comfortable or convenient situation. They have a status quo bias — their current situation is comfortable. They want and even crave change, but the comfort they have is holding them back. Perhaps this is why we see people who are miserable in their job, fail to launch, or have hit a plateau.
Everyone needs to have what is often referred to as a big, hairy, audacious goal (BHAG) if they are ever going to get unstuck. Achieving those goals requires changes that are often scary, mainly because it disrupts the status quo. So much so that it becomes paralyzing. In her book, Think Big, Dr. Grace Lordan provides a blueprint to help transform your goals from dreams to action. She offers suggestions on overcoming a fear of failure and tips on pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone.
Grace Lordan identifies six key steps to changing the gears of your life. It involves small steps, which over time, lead to significant changes.
What would you like to accomplish and hope to achieve? What activities are needed to realize your dream? Will taking a class or asking for a specific new responsibility help you in achieving your goals?
A timeline offers structure and gives you an endpoint for which to aim. You need to decide how much time you think it will take to achieve your new goal. Is it six months, two years, or a decade? In five years, you will be five years older. Only you can decide if it will be with or without materializing your new goal.
We all have internal biases. Which ones are holding you back? Did someone tell you that you are disorganized, lazy or that you will never accomplish something? Do you believe what they said, even though there is no proof to suggest it is true?
What biases do other people have which impact you? How can you navigate around them?
What tweaks can you make to your environment to help put your plan into action and support your goal? Will organizing your desk or changing your work hours help make you more productive and help you actualize your objective?
When something negative happens to you, do you respond or react? Understanding
your reactions to interactions and circumstances can affect your resiliency.
Resiliency is like a muscle that you need to condition. Lordan offers ten insights to build your resiliency.
- Resilience and the fundamental attribution error
- Do not let first impressions matter
- Celebrate small wins
- The ability to think big and take smalls steps is a privilege
- Comparisons matter
- Refocus your attention
- Revisit your time-sinkers
- Measuring your resilience
- Redefining punches
- Get a good night’s sleep
These insights are based on behavioral science and can help you build your resiliency. To achieve your big, hairy, audacious goal is a giant leap that needs to start with a small step. Lordan’s book will help provide the blueprint of small steps and milestones to help you achieve your goal. You need to start somewhere.
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