Think Big, Work Small

Inspired by John Cutler’s writings on Think Big, Work Small:

It’s normal to want to visualize your goals in their loftiest and most exciting forms: 

A writer might look forward to their first novel.

A start-up with an encouraging business model might look forward to great financial success.

The problem with visualizing goals in this way is that it can be difficult to work backwards and figure out where to start to make them a reality. 

Instead, a more helpful way to frame your most ambitious goals might be to think about them in terms of smaller units of progress:

Instead of publishing your first novel, you might initially focus on writing the first page. 

Instead anticipating the ambiguous state of ‘financial success’, you might focus how to on earning your first dollar, then $10, then $100, and so forth. 

Segmenting your dreams into smaller units may not present the same flashy aura you’re used imagining, but developing the discipline to do this does offer one important thing in exchange: clear, measurable steps forward that you can act to bring your dreams closer to reality. 
One of my current struggles is to stay true to this. 

I've long been in the phase of now fully embracing this truth but to actually do and more importantly live like this is still immensely difficult for me.

Thanks to 
for introducing us to 
John Cutler
2021-05-03 16:19:18
I share the struggle. In a sense, this is also part of the practice - the daily endeavor to move closer to living by these principles. 

And yes, thanks 
 - John is awesome!
2021-05-06 21:25:10
I have the opposite problem, I move too fast from vision to "what's the next smallest chunk" and lose sight of the vision, losing motivation.
2021-05-11 12:03:11
Lol so different angles... but at the end of the day we all are prone to losing motivation?
2021-05-11 15:22:21
I think this where The Molecule of More yet again has something to add: if you can create the perception of forward motion / meaningful progress, you can maintain a cadence of dopamine hits to go the distance. The pitfall is when you drop the vision and therefore forget the distance. 

In general, this is where I think leadership plays a key role. Being hyper task-focused is key for progress, but that needs to be balanced out with vision & context otherwise the work can feel like grinding the gears to no end. 
2021-05-11 21:21:49