When you sit down to set some goals, you probably look back at the previous month or year and use that as your guide.
That’s okay, but every once in awhile, you need to think bigger.
Instead of always setting “normal” goals, think up some big, hairy, audacious ones. Goals that stretch your imagination and condition your subconscious mind to reach for much bigger and better outcomes.
A goal to bring in one additional new client per week is a fine goal, but it’s so ordinary. What if you could bring in one additional new client per day? What if you could bring in five additional new clients per day?
What if, instead of increasing your income by 20% this year you “allowed” yourself to think about increasing it by 200%?
That’s the kind of thinking I’m talking about.
If you always think ordinary thoughts and set ordinary goals, you can’t expect to achieve anything but ordinary results. If you let logic determine your future, you may never discover what’s possible.
Logic be damned.
Giant leaps are possible. We’ve all seen people who accomplish amazing things in just a few years.
Why not you?
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve,” Napoleon Hill said.
I’m not suggesting living in a fantasy world or suspending common sense. I’m saying it’s a good thing to regularly ask yourself, “What if?”
Have some fun with this. Brainstorm and write down lots of ideas. Say to yourself, “Wouldn’t it be nice if. . .” and let your inner child come up with ideas. Crazy ideas, impossible ideas, but exciting ideas that put a smile on your face.
Questions like these can stimulate your imagination and plant seeds for future growth.
Just start throwing out ideas and see where it takes you:
“Wouldn’t it be nice to work only four hours per day, or four hours per week?”
“Wouldn’t it be nice if I didn’t have to do litigation any more?”
“Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to build my practice with only 10% of my current overhead?”
“Wouldn’t it be nice to practice law without any clients?”
Go crazy. Tickle your funny bone with wild ideas. Write down as many silly questions as possible.
Because you’ll never know what’s possible unless you think big enough.
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