Best Life Tip: Think Big, Start Small

Think Big Start Small

Are you a fan of the Think Big, Dream Big crowd?

I love big ideas, and I love being around big thinkers. But I’m an even bigger fan of people and companies who ACCOMPLISH big things. Many people who consider themselves big thinkers are mostly just big dreamers. And they either fail to get started or they crash and burn by taking on too much.

I know because I’ve done it.

When I was 25 years old, I was a farmer with big dreams in agribusiness. And I planned and built a state-of-the-art meat processing plant in Middlebury, Vermont. I literally bet the farm I owned on a new enterprise that I and a number of others thought was an idea whose time had come.

My failed strategy was to be diverse in our product and service lines and then eventually focus on those that we found to be most profitable and the ones we were the best at doing. Totally opposite of what I would do today.

My inexperience and my attempt to GO BIG created my first major failure. I learned a lot, but it was painful and costly. Going broke isn’t so bad, but when you end up owing tens of thousands of dollars and nothing to show for it except the experience, it hurts.

I’ve met many people over the years who truly wanted to make a difference in the world. Or, as Steve Jobs said, “put a ding in the Universe.”

But I remember hearing Rich DeVos, the president of Amway Corporation say to a convention of Junior Achievers, “Before you go out to change the world, make sure you clean up your bedroom first.” Good advice.

We have to walk before we can run. And it’s best to learn making smaller, less costly mistakes so you build experience and resources to take on bigger challenges.

Think big. but start small.

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Best Life Tip: Suffer the Pain of Discipline or the Pain of Regret

BLT: Suffer the Pain of Discipline or the Pain of RegretMy mentor, Jim Rohn, often said, “We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.”

Discipline is rarely easy, and much of it is a pain—at least at first. But regret is a much bigger price to pay.

To me, part of living your best life is living a life with no regrets. Sure, there are things you might want to do differently, but regret is a heavy burden to bear. Jim said discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.

With discipline, we get stronger and progress gets easier. And it rarely has to be the Marine Corp Boot Camp kind of discipline. Good, solid, everyday habits result in consistent progress. In fact, being inconsistent in doing the right things is where most people fall down.

“Things that are easy to do, are also easy not to do.”

In my book, The Achievement Code, I go into depth about the 3 Cs to getting what you truly want. The 3 Cs aren’t very complicated and not even that hard to master. But they are critical keys to achievement. And lack of clarity and lack of concentration (focus) are big challenges to living your best life. But I do think that lack of discipline and consistency are the biggest stumbling blocks.

A few bad habits repeated regularly over a period of time may very well lead to regret. The aggregate of over-eating, over-drinking, not enough exercise, not saving for retirement, spending more than you earn all adds up. And the price can be high. Regret is the unwelcome reward.

But likewise, the discipline of good habits practiced consistently adds up, too. Better health, more financial freedom, greater income, better relationships result from proper practices. A much better reward.
I hope you’ll agree that the pain of discipline is far better than the pain of regret.

What disciplines do you need to establish or get better at doing regularly? What small pains are you willing to trade to prevent the gnawing, gut-wrenching regret of not having done what you needed to do?

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What Should You Do Next?

As much as we might think our lives are too structured and filled with obligation and responsibilities, I believe we actually have more freedoms and more options than ever before.

Time was when you could only work WHILE you were at work. When we didn’t have cell phones and text messaging, we were out of touch for long periods of time. We used to be much more limited geographically, culturally, economically—even racially.

But with greater freedom comes greater choices. We can do almost anything. But what should that be?

In working with coaching and consulting clients for many years, I see more lack of clarity, less focus, more scattered energy than ever before. With so many options available, many people choose to make no choices at all and/or continue doing more of what they’ve always done.

Designing, creating and living your best life requires conscious decisions. It requires THINKING. Reacting, responding and recoiling from what is happening to you will simply not get the job done.

My mentor, Jim Rohn often said, “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.”

And it’s almost impossible to avoid change. Our world is moving so rapidly, we are going to be impacted by some change even if we attempt to avoid it. So, I’m sure Jim was referring to proactive change—the change you choose and take action upon.

Be sure you set aside time to think, to reflect, to imagine, create and plan. Write down your thoughts. Note what’s working in your life, what isn’t working and what you think you’d like to do next. Ask yourself questions. What do you want more of? Less of? What do you want to start doing and what do you want to stop doing? What do you really, really want?

In order to be the captain of your ship, you can’t only be working on the deck. You have to look up, look out and chart your own course. Otherwise you will sail aimlessly, at best—or end up on the rocks, at worst.

It’s really about the 3 Cs. My most recent book, The Achievement Code lays out the 3C Formula for getting what you truly want. Clarity, Concentration and Consistency are what’s needed to live your best life.

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