The Power of Thinking Small and Winning Big


To many of us, winning big means doing something extraordinary. Some big step that will rocket them into further completing a goal. However, we don’t always think this should be the case. We’re much more inclined to believe in the power of thinking small.

Guaranteed that taking small steps won’t necessarily solve world problems such as Achieve Your Largerer Goals with Smaller Stepspoverty and climate change; but how many of you have actually set those as your lifetime achievements anyway?

This week we want to prove to you that thinking small can mean big results and that by implementing such a simple tactic into your own lives you can win big.


What is Stopping You?

Most people are easily discouraged when something doesn’t work out the first time around, or when it takes a bit longer than anticipated. But often the reality of abandoning your goals boils down to 2 simple things:

  1. The lack of a simple, actionable system or strategy
  2. The fear of failure and resulting criticism

Whether you’ve got your eyes set on achieving a personal goal or building your own business empire, most fail to take the appropriate actions if they can’t see where they are heading. And when we fail we trust ourselves just a little bit less. However, achieving smaller goals can help you to persevere. It is important that, rather than feeling disheartened and deserting your targets, to think small, facilitate progress and in turn enable better results.

Is Your Goal a Bit Too Elusive?

Let us ask us this; do you find yourself setting the same goals every year but never achieving them? Well, you’re not thinking small enough. A goal can often be relatively abstract and far reaching resulting in many retiring as pipe dreams we once had faith in achieving. There is certainly nothing wrong with dreaming big, but perhaps the biggest problem is not thinking small.

Think about this example. You’re running a marathon; a full 26.2 miles and right from the word go you imagine crossing the finish line. However, this seems so far away, almost impossible to complete. Instead, you give yourself constant markers, small achievable goals along the course in order to reach the end. And, the same goes for your all your work and life ambitions.

You need to be able to truly define the object of your goal and break it into more achievable baby steps for small daily wins.

Building Momentum

As with many things, less is more.

We don’t have to make waves every time we try and move towards achieving our goal but instead remember to think small. By breaking a goal down into systematic, daily bite sized pieces we build momentum each time a smaller goal is achieved and ultimately build confidence in the bigger picture. Psychologists refer to this as “goal gradient” where the closer we get to something, the harder we are willing to work to achieve it.

Instead remember to think about frequency rather than quantity by allowing yourself to do a little of a lot.

Progression Not Perfection

Focusing on the progression you are making is often difficult as many seek perfection in what they are doing first and foremost. But a few mistakes are okay, you’re human after all.

It is understandable that many feel discouraged in the early stages of completing a goal, especially when it feels like you still have a long way to go. But rather than putting it off or abandoning your goal altogether it’s important to keep moving forward. At the end of the day, the time you waste waiting in vain will pass anyway.

Rethink Your Strategy

So rather than waiting just a little bit longer to get started on that big target or aspiration, rethink your strategy and start thinking small.

We’re sure that you will soon see a difference in your confidence of its completion and the end result will no longer feel so distant.

Posted by Paul Randall
15th April 2015