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Key to Your Success: Think Bigger

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Greetings today from Montreal. At 8:00 AM this morning, just a couple of hours from now I will be speaking to law firm associates. One thing I will tell them is to think bigger. In other words, visualize becoming more than they may think possible.

As I am thinking about this topic, I’m reminded of what Walt Disney once said:

If you can dream it, you can do it.

Recently I read a post titled: How To Be Successful In Life: 13 Tips From The World’s Most Successful People.

The first tip: 1.Think big, jumped out at me because I have written about it here. I even created a magnet I give to lawyers I coach with the quote under that tip.

THE GREATER DANGER FOR MOST OF US LIES NOT IN SETTING OUR AIM TOO HIGH AND FALLING SHORT; BUT IN SETTING OUR AIM TOO LOW, AND ACHIEVING OUR MARK.

MICHELANGELO

When I am coaching, I focus on helping the lawyers “think bigger.” Are you thinking big enough, or are you limiting your success?

I remember the day in 1978 when I shared with partners in my Roanoke, Virginia law firm that I wanted to build a national transportation construction law practice working for construction clients who were building  the biggest, most complex, transportation construction projects in the country. My partners smirked.

I guess that is understandable since at the time I had no experience working on transportation construction projects.

I like this quote I recently saw:

I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough. Marissa Mayer

On the other hand, I never one time doubted I could accomplish this big goal. Over time, I worked on some of the most complex cable stayed bridges constructed in the country and many other well known transportation construction projects throughout the US.

Ok, think about 2016, what is the something you are not 100% ready to do, but if you do it you will have a major breakthrough?