GO BIG OR GO HOME!Written by Rhoberta Shaler, PhD
"Make no little plans, they have no magic to stir your blood... MAKE BIG PLANS. Aim high in hope and work.…" So wrote Daniel H. Burnham in last century. The big plans are important. They capture your vision. The next step is to break them down into "do-able" chunks, chunks that can be done in even one day. That is what gives you a definite sense of accomplishment, isn't it? The big plans are necessary, baby steps, imperative!
My daughter shared a marketing tip with me other day. She said, "Go big, or go home". I thought about this quite a bit as it seemed so brash and arrogant. Great slogan, but what about little guy? Then, it all made sense. Each person has opportunity to define ‘big’ for herself. If we are to live our dreams and visions about how we want our lives to be, how we want to be remembered, what our contribution to our daily world could be, it IS true. Go big or go home!
Have a vision. Have a master plan for your whole life as you presently see it. What would you like to be doing, experiencing, being or having in your life, sometime in your life? What are things that are most important, significant and valuable to you? That's big!
After you have created "big picture" then you can decide what you would like to create immediately and pay attention to that. Timing is only one difference between short and long term goals. Another important difference is that short term goals lead directly to long term goals which fit perfectly into master plan. And good news is....you are in charge! You can change your master plan, and your approach to it, as your interests and priorities shift and grow. You are not locked in. A master plan is a plan for joy and passion, not a plan for duty and obligation.
Find Passion In What You Do Written by Josh Hinds
Find something you feel passionately about - Ok, I'll readily admit that on surface this seems like a no-brainer. Yet it never ceases to amaze me by how many people I talk with that feel as though they're just going through motions with regards to events in their lives (both business and personal).
My Friend, you may be at a point where you personally feel as though things are a little stagnant. I can sympathize with you. I know in past I have certainly felt this way myself. Getting up each morning going to a job that I didn't particularly enjoy. Doing things that I didn't really find all that exhilarating.
Then it dawned on me, if I was going to make a change I simply had to stop talking about it and at least take small active steps towards doing it. So rather than quit doing things that I didn't enjoy I simply started dedicating a little bit of time to things that did inspire me. Things I could get excited about! As time passed I realized that more and more of my time was being spent on things I enjoyed doing in my life.
The truly amazing thing was that suddenly I was no longer counting hours I put into an project. I loved new path I was on so much that long hours of effort it was taking became almost enjoyable. Oh yes, and along way I did let go of a lot of things that no longer inspired me.