I recently read Pour Your Heart Into It, Howard Schultz' book about growing Starbucks into the success it is today.
At one point, he was talking about having audacious and achievable goals. That stuck in my head (not least because I jumped up and wrote it down on my whiteboard). I love the way that phrase balances two incredibly important pieces to getting the most you can out of life.
First, are you thinking big enough? And "big" in my mind doesn't mean are you aiming at building an empire. It means, are you really letting your reach extend to its fullest capacity?
Second, if you are thinking big, can you actually achieve it? And before you go ratcheting down your big thinking because you don't see an obvious way to make it happen, ask yourself if maybe the real issue is not that the dream is too big, but the vehicle that will get you there is too small.
What if you assumed that the dream was achievable? Your task then is not to figure out if it's possible, but how it's possible. What is the framework that needs to be in place? What are the variables you need to address? What steps do you need to take? What needs to happen first?
Make your dreams audacious, and then get to the nitty gritty nuts and bolts of bringing them down to earth.
Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst (sm)
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