New Year’s Big Questions
Here we are past the midway point of January. Most of the New Years’ resolutions have either been severely edited or have gone by the way side. While a good percentage of these are due to what most call “unrealistic” goals, that’s not the real issue in most cases. The real problem is not asking big questions. Let me explain.
The problem is not if we dream big enough. Instead, it’s about dreaming of things that truly inspire us instead of things we think we want. Although it may sound like a joke, asking the Universe for a million dollars really isn’t a very compelling dream. You’re not asking or answering the big questions that will lead you to that million dollars.
Are you out of your mind, Jeff! Of course it is. Who wouldn’t want a million dollars?
The One Thing and Big Questions
Unfortunately, the answer isn’t that easy. It’s not about not wanting a million dollars. What it is about is finding a reason to get a million dollars that will inspire you enough to do what’s necessary to get it.
Let me give you an example. Let’s say one of your parents was very ill and could not afford the medical care that could save their life. Would you believe trying to save their life (your big dream) would be more compelling than, say dreaming of having all the money you would ever need in the world? The answer is obvious but easy to confuse with a simple desire to be rich.
I’m reading The One Thing by Gary Keller right now and there have been some eye opening things in it already. For instance, he believes that most people don’t dream big enough or specific enough. He also believes making small changes usually only brings about small results. He says that most people are not asking big enough questions and that’s why they are not succeeding.
I want to say here that this is not to be confused with incremental progress that compounds and becomes real change. He’s talking about the dream or goal that you’re seeking and then finding ways to get there as quickly as possible.
Big Questions Are NOT Incremental
Here’s an example. Let’s say you’re big intention or goal for 2017 is to “make more money”. I think even a novice goal setter would see this lacks many criteria of a real goal without even mentioning S.M.A.R.T goals. There’s no specificity of any kind.
Ok, so this has been pointed out to you and you’re willing to make some changes to it. Let’s say you give a time frame and amount like $10,000.00/month in six months.
There are many who would be jumping up and down about this because it’s become slightly more real because it’s more specific.
One of these people would NOT be Gary Keller. Although it is more specific, it lacks at least one major thing. There is no why behind it. There is no compelling reason for you to hit your goal. And because of this, it is more than likely a weak goal built on incremental progress.
Mr. Keller believes you need to have a compelling why. Going back to our ailing parent, your compelling why would be to save their lives. Likely, you’ve spoken to doctors and have a pretty good idea how much money is involved. THIS then, becomes your why and your target! The next thing you know, you’re setting a goal of half a million dollars and asking yourself how can you get THAT amount. This is much more compelling than the ten grand a month so you can have more money.
Are Big Questions Realistic?
But that’s not “realistic” Jeff!
Isn’t it? Read the stories of self-made people like the Fords, Bransons and Jobses of the world, you see very quickly they did not ask small questions. That is why they were able to get the HUGE results they did. Yes, there are other factors that come into play. However, I can guarantee Steve Jobs didn’t start his day asking how can he budget for his electric bill. He knew things like that would take care of themselves if he kept asking “How can I put beautiful, functional technology in more people’s hands?” This is the type of big questions Keller is talking about.
I just finished reading the book. I believe this is a book EVERY entrepreneur should read and review at least yearly! I know I will.
Let me hear from you!
Have you read this book? Are you making it a habit to ask yourself bigger questions? This ONE point alone is worth the price of The One Thing alone! I’ll be sharing more insights from this book from time to time but just let the big questions thought sit with you a while. When you sit down this week to lay out what you want to get done, take a close look at how compelling any one action is. Or how much the end goal really drives you?
I think you’ll be surprised how many of them you’re just doing because “that’s what’s done” or you feel you just “should” do it.
Let me hear from YOU! Tell me how you can restate the questions you ask yourself when you’re setting intentions or goals.
Here’s hoping YOUR bigger questions move you to greater success faster!