This popped up in my email today and I just had to share it…

The Magic of Thinking Big

by Will Craig

As long as you are going to go about your day thinking anyway, you may as well “think big”. Anyone can think small, and most people do. In fact, most people keep themselves in the same place in life, doing the exact same thing, without significant growth or change because of limited or conditioned thinking.

Don’t just think about what is possible, think about what might seem nearly impossible, that would require you to grow and move beyond who you currently know yourself to be. Think about what you have always wanted to do or have in your life … those things that your heart speaks of.

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” ~Walt Disney

Thinking big equals going big. Thinking small means staying small. You decide. You get to choose your thoughts.

Be outrageous and let your imagination fly. This does not mean thinking unrealistic, pie-in-the-sky stuff, like being able to suddenly perform superhuman feats. It means allowing yourself to stretch and believe in the beauty of your dreams.

One particular line in there, “Don’t just think about what is possible, think about what might seem nearly impossible, that would require you to grow and move beyond who you currently know yourself to be,” really resonates with me. After only five years in business for myself there are many wonderful experiences to look back on. I spent nearly two decades in the workforce trying desperately to understand how I could fit in. For me, for my unique perspective and attitude and motivation, the answer was “you can’t.” That was a hard thing to accept, but it was replaced very quickly by, “Oh my God, I have to do what to make my business succeed?!”

The “what” was something I now consider quite simple, but at the time it was terrifying. My first business, and the one that still provides a great deal of my background bread and butter (thanks to wonderful, hardworking staff) is my housecleaning business. When I started, however, it was little ole me. I was unused to going into stranger’s houses and meeting them. I didn’t have much of a spiel and I was absolutely white-knuckled terrified. Of what? The unknown? The new experience? I’m unsure of the specific reason, but I was a complete nervous wreck. The first cleaning consult I went on, the guy actually asked me if I was okay. He never got an estimate, I ran out to my car, drove home and sat down and re-worked everything so that I wouldn’t be such a spaz the next time I tried to do a consult.

The thing was, I did have more consults and I did get clients. Slowly but surely my confidence built. I learned so many things about what to say, what not to say, what to agree to, and what rules and guidelines to put in place. In the end, I built a small, successful business that has generated income for me for over five years. Some of my clients have been with me since that first year!

A couple of years later, through a cleaning consult I realized another strength I had that could be put to use and I opened a professional organizing business. With limited funds, my advertising budget was practically nil. I decided to teach organizing classes and see if that wouldn’t bring in business. This was a terrifying proposition. Teach a class? Stand up in front of people and speak from a position of authority and knowledge? Was I insane? That first class was much like my first consult, I shook with nervousness as I taught the class. Thankfully I had a podium to hide behind.

Nearly three years later and I have published a book on organizing, broadened my offerings to include mini-seminars and classes through at least ten host sites in the Kansas City area and even expanded to teach other classes that I have interests and strengths in. I’ve obtained a certification in life coaching and I am currently working on a book on life change as well as a fiction book I hope to have published in the next two years. My successes in owning my own businesses, teaching these varied classes, and writing have encouraged me to embrace a life-long dream of writing. All of these things, writing, teaching, managing the business, are all interconnected and encourage each other towards success.

In both of these cases (cleaning consults and teaching organizing classes) I questioned whether I was attempting something that seemed impossible, had the potential for catastrophic failure (at least in my mind it did) and they were actions that required me to grow and move beyond what I currently knew myself to be, just like Will Craig encourages everyone to do!

These steps weren’t easy. They were scary, stress and headache-inducing experiences. But my successes, slow but sure in the months and years that followed, allowed me to see that not only was the ‘impossible’ actually quite possible and attainable, but that if I wanted it badly enough, I could make it happen. I can testify that I have grown more in the past five years than I did in nearly two decades of work experience before that.

You don’t have to quit your job to do it.

You don’t have to start your own business or teach classes to do it.

But whatever “it” is, think big. Dream about it and accomplish it. Because when you do this, everything opens up and you will see the world differently. You will see you differently.