All-in. How much are we invested in what we want? Surface level isn’t going to cut it. Just a little isn’t going to cut it. Our whole selves, that’s getting closer. Average, again, not going to cut it. Our success and achieving what we want for the new year is going to require more than we always think it will. Look back at some of the best work you’ve done to this point. They most always require more than just getting by. It requires something special and a lot more effort than just trying.
The first thing I’ve learned is once you have a goal you want, plan on it taking a lot further than that. I like to multiply the original idea when I have it in mind or decided on. Shoot for the stars and you get the moon. Some studies say 5x and 10x are great ways to amp up the goal. The idea being, bigger than you think and you’ll land at or above your goal. You feel crushed if you fail and the goal was average or to low. If you fail and the goal was huge? Well, that’s a different feeling you’ll get.
“Massive thoughts must be followed by massive actions.”
Thinking way bigger than the initial focus or goal serves to set you, your teams, and your friends up with the capacity to handle anything that comes. At times, my team has wanted to focus on incremental growth. Instead I’ve asked them to focus much bigger. Like a flagship versus an average store. With that focus on having a flagship mindset, we’ve broken through any kind of struggle that popped up for an average store, because we prepared and played like a flagship. Success to us and me isn’t a zero-sum game.
Go all out!
“The four degrees of action conceptually states you can do nothing, retreat, take normal action or take massive action, and it’s the last of these that is the key to success”
My last post there was a picture of a child in a Batman shirt running around as if they were Batman. That visual is the point. A child sees everything in terms of I can do it all. They don’t pause or calculate, they just jump in. This is the mindset we need to adopt. Taking to much pause or time to calculate is a stall tactic. Simply get in, learn on the way and in real time. Those are the best calculations you can make. My best successes have come because of me, not to me.
“The word ‘average’ by definition means less than extraordinary; it’s your task to push beyond this boundary.”
Learning to be average is learning about just getting by. We are just as close to the top at an average level of play as we are the bottom. We can go to the bottom very quickly. Aiming for average is never enough. We do need to find our average though. We want to learn what our average is only so we can know how many times above that we need to aim.
Once those huge odds are set in front of you, it’s time to be all in. You have to be incredibly obsessed at this point with your goals. They have to be all you think about and become you mission. Again, using the example of the child above, when they are learning to become be Batman they are obsessed with everything they are coming in contact with that is new. What would Batman do? That’s what I’m going to do. To succeed we will need to do the same thing; be completely devoted with all our energy to your new objective or activity of interest. The added benefit with this mindset and behavior others will see you as a brave heart and follow it. The opposite, they will see you as weak and a dream caster. They’ve believe less in your optimism and ideal of the next level.
“The world no longer rewards talk. You and I must not just talk the talk but walk the walk.”
We can reach beyond what is possible and accomplish more than we think. We just need to think bigger than the conceptual idea in front of us, work harder, and ensure that the commitment far exceeds the actual goal. You get great commitment from others around you to help and they’ll be inspired to hit the unthinkable. If you want to be great, it’s a choice.