The Think Big Revolution

This Thinking Big Thing Could Be Scary…

Scary? Why? Because the small thinking powers-that-be do not want us to think big—and they definitely do not want us to act on our big thoughts. They want us to be tame and predictable, hooked up to the IV of television and shopping, living in our comfortable-life comas. Life is so much easier that way. The citizens (that means us) are tame. The corporations and politicians do what they want. The few can control the many. Is that what you want?

Of course not. Besides, if you’re here you are already awake to the contagious, catalytic power of big thinking. You are ready to look inward and outward, to think bigger about who you are and what you offer the world.

I, for one, have pledged to fight consciously every day against the small thoughts that threaten to derail my plans, my aspirations, and my dreams. Sure, I still have them. I’m just like you and you are like me. We are in this thinking big business as a team.

Will you pledge to fight consciously every day against the small thoughts that threaten to derail our plans, our aspirations, and our dreams? If so say so below.

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Comment by Don Lee on August 31, 2009 at 12:54pm
Hey Mike; You're right. Thinking big could be scary. On the other
hand, it's fun and it's challenging. I love thinking big.
Comment by Toña Morales-Calkins on April 18, 2009 at 12:22pm
I pledge to think big and focus on my aspirations, dreams and my vision. I pledge to act on my mission objectives everyday and not to let small thoughts derail my endeavors.
Comment by Megan McKenzie on April 13, 2009 at 3:19pm
I am taking a stand. 2009 is the year for putting the "me' back into Megan. I am committed to not worrying about being too "big", "enthusiastic', 'focused", or about not spelling well, being too short, or too....well you get the drill. Instead, I am committed to audacious authenticity. I have committed to quieting the gremlins.....(visualizing their little mouths taped with duct tape helps), and to living with uncertainty, discomfort, and fighting back the fears. Easy, no. Absolutely crucial, yes.

This is the year that I follow my dreams, and stop worrying about what I ‘should’ be doing. I will work from the place within me that holds the tiny bit of unique talent that is mine to share with the world. This is the year that "it’s good enough" (the compromises we often make) is replaced by a passion filled drive for excellence in all things. It is the year that I open my arms even wider to collaborate with others who believe that we can make a difference by combining our talents, our minds and our desire for service. It is the year that I set aside my ego and realize being in the center of everything is not a requirement.

This is the year that I step outside of the “safe” little box I have lived in and take even more risks, have more adventures, experience more life, people, learning more completely.

This is the year that I think bigger, walk that talk, and see where the path takes me.
Comment by Fred Castaneda on April 4, 2009 at 8:00am
By thinking BIG, mentorship is a key ingredient.
For me, a MENTOR is someone who gives to help your success and MAKES THE TIME to SHARE.
I say "Beware of those that don't- could be 'hidden agenda' ";
Likewise, If you have a good mentor, you will also SHARE & MAKE THE TIME as a mentee to reciprocate, then you will know what it is to help others. Beware of those who don't -- again, the "hidden agenda" where they deliver many calls-to-action to you, but will NOT reciprocate with you.
If you really think BIG, the latter are the ones who "derail" you and you should consider distancing yourself from them in your network.
(words of wisdom? not really, just jugdments...
remember: good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment)
Comment by Fred Castaneda on April 3, 2009 at 6:11pm
Michael,
Thank you for your reply.
I myself understand what it is like to have health issues. I, also, was out ill for 3 weeks in March. You see, I am a disabled combat Vietnam veteran dealing with complications from a cracked spine, AO, injuries, respiratory & other problems (but those results are the casualties of war). Yes, I empathize with those who are ill and have to cut back on activities to strengthen their system.
However, although you cannot participate as an interviewee, you and the rest of this network may want to listen to http://www.strugglingentrepreneur.com starting after 8 April (episode 86) -- this is a good case study about someone who thought BIG and succeeded--his name is also Michael.
Sincerely,
- Fred C.
Comment by Schelli Whitehouse on April 3, 2009 at 9:02am
"Will you pledge to fight consciously every day against the small thoughts that threaten to derail our plans, our aspirations, and our dreams? If so say so below..."

I understand that this is the Think Big Revolution. As a part of this Powerful, Provacative, Pro-Active group of Revolutionists, I, Schelli Whitehouse, do pledge to 'stand for' Thinking Big, even in the face of self-doubt, fear and percieved limitations.

I will not however, fight against the small thoughts of others. Any attention to the small thoughts of others, be they personal or global only distracts from my own Big Thinking and gives focus to the smallness.

"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history". ~Gandi
Comment by Natalie on April 3, 2009 at 8:23am
Earlier this week I had the absolute pleasure of witnessing a ToastMaster's finalizist speech. The topic was on self-love. The message here is to silence your inner critic, love yourself and be BIG. Here we go!
Comment by Michael Port on April 3, 2009 at 7:50am
Fred, I appreciate your desire to interview me. It is an honor to be asked. And, yes, I do interviews all the time. Doing interviews is one of the primary ways I spread the message of the revolution. However, please understand that it is difficult for me to accept every invitation extended to me. I also appreciate that you asked politely but that doesn't obligate me to say "yes."

I am absolutely encouraging you to act on your big ideas and to stand for what you believe in but that doesn't mean that everyone will respond with a yes or even positively, for that matter. Don't derail your big plans because someone doesn't do what you want when you want it. Might I also suggest that you consider learning why someone says no? Empathy is a key component in likeability. When you asked for an interview I was very sick and had been hospitalized. I needed to reduce some of my work commitments in order to take care of my health.

Best of luck to you Fred. No one, not me or anyone else, can derail your big plans. Only you can do that. On the other hand, you also have the power to think bigger about who you are and what you offer the world.
Comment by Shel Horowitz on April 3, 2009 at 7:15am
Sure. I do that anyway. Short-term goal: 25,000 signatures at http://www.business-ethics-pledge.org - longer term goal: be part of the effort that finally cures the world of war (and if I don't live long enough, to plant seeds that make it possible for others)
Comment by John Hawkins on April 2, 2009 at 9:51pm
Damn right it's scary. I pledge to think bigger and bigger and yo push aside those small thoughts. It takes as much effort to think small. In fact it takes more to second guess yourself. Thanks

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