When you look at the world today, young people want big achievements without paying the price; big companies without having had small companies, leading thousands without first having led one. We’ve been told countless times to believe in ourselves and to think big, but no one ever tells us that we need to be sober in our thinking.
Donald Trump said: “If you’re going to be thinking, you might as well think big”, I agree with this thought; but in thinking big, you need to have a balanced and sober view of yourself. Thinking big without taking into consideration the work and resources required to achieve your big thoughts can lead to disastrous consequences.
Yes, we live in a world where ‘nothing is impossible and impossible is nothing’. And yes, we’ve got to have grit and willpower to accomplish our big dreams, yes we’ve got to have confidence that we are the right people for the job at hand. However, to really succeed at anything, we’ve got to be sober-minded.
So what do I mean by being sober-minded? It’s simple, do not think of yourself more highly than you ought to, and do not think Of yourself more lowly than you ought to. Success in life has a lot to do with what and how we think of ourselves. Look, if you think too highly of yourself – you make the mistake many leaders are guilty of making; nothing can be done without them. Remember this, it doesn’t matter where you go, you’ll always find someone who does something better than you do, and by the same token, there’ll always be someone less inept than you. So just be sober, and understand that life is a journey, take some time to prepare for this journey – don’t think you know it all, prepare. Also remember that you are not as low as you think you are!
Before I let you go, here are a few things you need to consider to remain sober as you go after your BIG, HAIRY, AUDACIOUS GOALS and DREAMS:
1.Consider what God has given you.
There are certain gifts and talents that you have that are exclusive to you. You can do certain things better than other people. Developing those gifts will help you do better in achieving the big things you are thinking about. Connecting with your gifts will boost your confidence and remind you that you are not as small or as lowly as you think you are.
2.Consider what God has not given you.
You are good at what you do, but you are not better than the rest of us, there are things that you cannot do that some of us may be capable of. If you know that admin is not one of your strong suits, then find someone to do it for you as you focus on what you are great at.
3.Consider what God has given to others
Partnerships work better when you partner with people who are strong where you are weak. If you don’t have capital for your business but you have a working business model, then find someone who has the capital but needs a working business model to grow his capital. This speaks a lot to team work, but it will help you remain sober understanding that you might have something you are really good at doing, but others also have what they are really good at – it keeps you grounded, sober.
Stay sober-minded, don’t let your big thinking and big goals take you out of touch with reality and make you think of yourself more highly than you actually are. By the same token, don’t let small thinking, and some failures make you think too lowly of yourself and steal your self-esteem.
I wish you success.
CEO, Quality Growth International