One of the best books anyone can read is David Schwartz’ “The Magic of Thinking Big.” David Schwartz wrote the book back in the early 1960s, but it still applies to today’s life. Magic of Thinking Big talks about core principle in goal setting and principles do not change.

So here are three steps you can use to start thinking big again.

#1 Name 3 Things you Always Wanted to Do

Many books ask you to pick one big goal, but sometimes one thing is not enough. Deion Sanders at this past weekend’s Hall of Fame ceremony said “your dream has to be bigger than just for you.” His dream was to make sure his “momma” did not have to work ever again. Deion Sanders had to figure out how to accomplish this goal or dream. He decided professional football was the way to make his goal come true.

He dedicated himself to become the best cornerback in the NFL. Now his goal did not happen overnight, it took over 12 years to accomplish his goal have retiring his “momma.”

You see he had several goals built into that one goal of retiring his mom. He had to figure out how to earn enough money. Football was that source. He then had to become good enough to play professional football. Finally when he made it to the NFL he had to prove he was the best cornerback or he would have not earned enough money to retire his momma.

You see accomplish something Big takes time and effort. The Thinking Big will encompass several goals into one big goal.

#2 Write Down Steps

Using the Deion Sanders example you can see he had many steps in his big goal. However, he did have that big goal of what he wanted to accomplish in life. Did he know exactly how and when he would accomplish the goal? Yes. He knew by age 21 or 22 he would be old enough to play in the NFL. He also knew there would be a lot of steps in-between playing pee-wee football to the NFL.

Take the time to write down your steps for goal accomplishment. Breaking a big goal down into bite size pieces is one of the best ways to accomplish your goals.

#3 Have Fun!!

The final step is to HAVE FUN! Too many people make their goals work. If your goal involves all work and nothing for yourself then you will not push past any obstacles. Deion Sanders LOVED FOOTBALL. Playing football was fun for him and it led his to accomplish his goal of retiring his mom. If playing football were not fun for Deion he would have quit playing football once he had enough money to retire his mom. But he kept on playing for over 14 years in the NFL, well after he as financially secure.

Now Deion Sanders had to work everyday at his football skills. He could not just show up on Sunday and play the game.

We need to do the same with our goals. Make sure the goal is something we want, but something that is fun to do. You do not want to go through life hating what you do just to accomplish your goal. You need to have fun along the way. Without the fun you will become frustrated at some point and give up on your BIG GOAL.

Action Step: Goal setting is fun so write down 3 goals you want to accomplish. Then pick one to go after along with the steps needed to accomplish the goal. Pick one step to do today. I did one step in my goal setting process that was to get an office for my business.

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