The Think Big Revolution

Increase discomfort. Increase candor.

Challenge and capacity feed on each other in a symbiosis, a cycle of exponential growth; as we begin to think big, our big thoughts blossom. So go ahead, increase discomfort. Increase candor.

As we become more comfortable with discomfort, so our capacity to do big things increases. Know that if what makes us uncomfortable seems small, it’s not the same thing as small thinking. Each challenge is our worthy opponent. As we take on bigger challenges, so the next larger challenge becomes more manageable. The more we overcome, the more we can overcome.

There are no three easy steps, but when we become comfortable with discomfort, we will accomplish great things. We will feel high on the abundance of life.

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Comment by Patricia Clason on April 13, 2009 at 2:50pm
Today I lost a friend whose Big Thinking was a factor in his self-doubt that led to his choice to go permanently offline (the web and the planet). He didn't see that he inspired people and challenged them into discomfort and risks that made a difference in their lives, and it didn't matter that not every Big Idea made it to full fruition

In my workshops I am always encouraging people to think big, to risk, to challenge themselves into growth - and then to join AAA - Acknowledge All Accomplishments - and to count their blessings, remembering to be grateful for everything, especially the small steps and the things we take for granted.

Some of us may never be millionaires, or own huge franchises, or have offices worldwide. However, all of us make a difference in our own self-efficacy and the self-efficacy of others when we practice our membership in AAA with gratitude and recognize other's accomplishments and encourage them to join AAA and be grateful.
Comment by Mark Halpert on April 13, 2009 at 2:40pm
The five keys I see to thinking and acting big are to be:
- Uncomfortable with the present
- Really excited by the possibilities
- Transforming the possibilities into specific goals and action plans
- Effectively enrolling the right partners
- Doing what it takes to succeed

As one friend said, "MY wife wanted a new kitchen I was very comfortable with the old one, but when I came home one day and the oven, the stove, the kitchen table and everything but the cabinets were gone -- I was driven to action
Comment by Kathy Mallary on April 13, 2009 at 2:36pm
I get the part about using discomfort to drive growth, but am curious about the candor part. What's the connection between discomfort and candor?
Comment by Laura McReynolds on April 13, 2009 at 2:35pm
You asked how many steps this would take. I say four: 1. Show up. 2. Stay present. 3. Tell the truth. 4. Act on those truths.
Comment by Damien Senn on April 13, 2009 at 2:26pm
The true fruit of life definitely resides beyond what is comfortable for most... and reminds me of one of my favourite quotes which comes from the movie Braveheart... "Everyman dies but very few men truly live"...
Comment by Grant Waldman on April 13, 2009 at 2:17pm
Discomfort relates to comfort with failure and risk. In order to be successful, one needs to know these 2 scenarios intimately.
Comment by Patrece Snow on April 13, 2009 at 2:12pm
I ouldn't agree more. challenge facilitates growth. Comfort keeps us locked in where we are. To succeed in things we never have, we must go where we have never gone.
Comment by Louise on April 13, 2009 at 2:04pm
was the statement "Increase condor" an error or a stimulus?
Louise Goeckel

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