Think big, act small. When a big project is before you, a sick sense of failure falls on you. Then gradually you do one thing at a time. Take a step and then another. Be encouraged to think big on what you can achieve, but act small rather than define all you want to do. Bigger isn’t always better. As children, you always wanted the big win, the best grade. As adults, we feel we should still receive the maximum goal and rise above the average. Going for big wins often results in behaviors that get in the way of success. Like being overweight and signing up for a fitness club membership. Then life gets in the way and you no longer find the time to go to the gym. And you’ve already paid for the membership in advance. The problem in going for a big win is it becomes daunting and it stops you in your tracks. Don’t overcommit. No pain, no gain theory is wrong. The best way to promote positive change is by setting different goals. When not broken into manageable goals, it will become too overwhelming. Big wins prompt people to act without pursuing other options. Find a goal or option that is attainable.

Going for big wins can stop you in your tracks. It can make tasks so hard that you become overwhelmed from taking action. It can make problems more complicated and confusing. It pushes the satisfaction of completion into the future and dampens daily motivation. It requires a substantial commitment of time and resources increasing costs and risks. It promotes opportunity blindness. It gets you to do things in the most challenging way. It focuses on a future payoff so you don’t benefit from feedback along the way.

The power of small wins is attaining achievable goals which clarifies what action should be taken and reduces doubt and complexity. Like Alcoholics Anonymous that sets a goal to sustain from alcohol for one day or one week at a time. This encourages an alcoholic to remain sober for one day as opposed to the rest of their lives. By accomplishing successful days of sobriety, sustaining becomes apparent and eventually achievable in someone’s mind. This produces results by breaking tasks into controllable opportunities of modest size.

Small wins get your life in motion. Do one thing now as it can be difficult to know how to proceed. Find one small thing to do, one positive step. The smaller and easier the action step, the better. You don’t know where your actions will lead and don’t want to be led to unexpected places. But keep your step specific and easy to accomplish. Keep it fun that provides an enjoyable experience. Keep it immediate and something you can start right away and complete in a short period of time. Keep it cheap, real and social. Talk to someone in that field, show someone your project or enroll in a course.

Build on your strengths. Successful entrepreneurs don’t begin with brilliant ideas, they discover them. They tend to leap into action quickly by capitalizing on their current resources, skills, knowledge and social connections. Contrary to the assumption that successful entrepreneurs are risk takers, they do things with the least costs and time involved. Get going quickly with minimal costs and resources and utilize social connections already in your life. Take a simple step based on your current situation. Whatever your action step is go out and make it happen. Appreciate whatever happens and laugh at your mistakes. Give it your best effort and celebrate your small win. Move onto your next small win. The faster you take action that faster your opportunity will happen.

Be an innovator. Get lots of ideas and throw the bad ideas away. Innovation is creating new ways to contribute value to your life and world and the heart of all personal success. Use your inventiveness to solve problems and develop new practices and work more effectively. Help others to become better people. You don’t need an off the chart IQ to have an innovative approach to life but a willingness to seek out new experiences. Entrepreneurs don’t differ significantly in personality traits from typical business executives but they do differ in their actions.

You can see a lot just by observing. To be creative you need to be an eager and active observer. A keen observer is seeing something in a new and powerful way. Observation can lead to industry changing innovation. Like all positive habits your capacity to observe is something that happens over time. Pay close attention to your environment and everything around you.  They know how to observe among the best.

Be inquisitive. Innovators are inquisitive. The simplest questions can lead to innovation. Asking a how question is based on your existing knowledge and assumptions, but ask what and explore different options. Feed your creativity by stimulating your mind to think in new ways. Be purposeful about what you’re putting into your head. Have fun and experiment to discover the places and activities that leave you feeling fresh, enthusiastic and creative.

Be a relentless learner. We just don’t learn skills that allow us to excel in our careers we also learn many things in enjoying our lives. The most important learning can happen anywhere and anytime. You can take something away from any situation regardless of the outcome. It can help you grow and improve in your life. Seek out opportunities to learn and grow. Expose yourself to new challenges and experiences. Get outside the box. Luck is about being at the right place at the right time. But how do we know where the right place is. Innovation is like luck, being present to act at the right time and place. Learn to step out of your usual habits to embrace new possibilities. Working in diverse environments helps someone become more creative. Being creative involves venturing outside the normal boundaries and exposing yourself to other opportunities. Interact with people outside your usual social network and those with different careers.

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