Four steps to dream big, work harder and grow fast

Four steps to dream big, work harder and grow fast

“Think big, think fast and think ahead. Ideas are no one’s monopoly” This was a favourite expression of Dhirubhai Ambani, an Indian business tycoon who founded Reliance Industries in Mumbai and who brought those words to life during his entrepreneurial career.

You are half successful in life when you do not let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big. Whether big or small, whatever you are thinking, think bigger.

Think big, believe big, act big and the results will most definitely be big. Life is too short to think small, to be restricted by limitations of what you think you cannot achieve or even worse, what others think you cannot achieve.

If success is important for you, you should try to think big, even if you feel the probable outcome is going to be a failure, because at the end of the day you are not going to regret for having tried and failed as much as you are going to regret not having tried at all.

What often comes in between you and your success is the limitation, the restriction that you set for yourselves, “I don’t think I can ever be as successful as him or her”, “I don’t think we can ever replace our competitor”, “I don’t think our company can ever get back the customer” and so on.

And when these self-imposed restrictions are set into action, they take charge of our lives, they set the pace and rhythm at which we move to the point that we almost start becoming a slave of the whims and fancies of our restrictions and we start hiding behind those feelings and expressions.

As young children, we were probably more open to taking risks, trying new things, not really worrying too much about success or failure.

The zeal and the desire to explore things, to do what set as our goal or even the sheer pleasure of experiencing new things and new places was good enough for us to think bigger and faster to take the risk.

I mean, this trait of Risk taking is carried on in most of us, especially those of us who are ready to jump into entrepreneurship, to explore new things, to experience new risks and probably succeed.

But somewhere along as we grow, some of us give in to our fears and our own limitations. We start to operate from our comfort zone, preferring to do things that are less risky, preferring to accept boundaries that we draw for ourselves. We forget the fact that when we are growing, we are always going to be out of our comfort zone.

David Schwartz said something magical about the “Magic of thinking big”. He said “Capacity is the state of the mind. How much we do, depends on how much we think we can do. When you really believe you can do more, your mind thinks creatively and shows you the way.”

This is so true. You have got to think about big things while you are doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction. If you are hesitant to think big, fearing failure or hesitant to think fast, fearing push back or hesitant thinking ahead, fearing your past, try these simple techniques:

1. Set meaningful and right goals: Dream big, work hard, stay focused and surround yourself with the right people.

Trust me, half the battle is already won. Every morning, when you wake up, ask yourself if what you are going to do today, is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow. And if the answer is yes, you are most probably in the right direction.

Don’t let anything or anyone come in the way of your actions. Don’t even allow setbacks to make you give up your goals. Just because one tire of the car is flat, you don’t slash the other three, right?

2. Know your discomforts more than your comforts.

Remember something very interesting about your comfort zones. Comfort zones are most often expanded through discomfort. Fear, uncertainty and discomfort are your compasses towards growth. You just need to know how to use them to navigate rather than allowing them to direct you. The minute you realise that life begins at the end of your comfort zone, you are going to make discomforts part of your plan.

3. Trust your instincts

Good instincts usually tell you what to do before your head has figured it out. Trust your hunches, they are usually based on facts that are filed away below your conscious level. Remember the best decisions aren’t made with your mind, but with your instinct. That does not mean you have to stop thinking, and just wait for you to feel something. Intuition and instincts never lie.

4.Try it: If you never try, you will never know

If it scares you, it might be a good thing to do. Fear may stop you from trying things harder or better. Try a little harder, to be a little better. You should have the patience, strength and the passion to achieve what you have dreamt for yourself. You are bound to face hurdles and challenges along the way. But don’t stop trying.

Sri Bharatam is the Founder and Chief Mentor of Kuza Biashara Limited, a capacity building organization coaching youth and SME owners across Africa.

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