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Thinking big vs being a big thinker, and How the Difference Impacts Your Results

Photo: Flickr/ Brian Hillegas

Photo: Flickr/ Brian Hillegas

Are you a big thinker or do you think big?  You may be asking yourself, “What’s the difference?”.  After you read this you will clearly see how the difference between the two impacts your everyday results.

For better or worse… I am a thinker.  The work that I do is very creative, so the never ending flow of ideas can really come in handy at times.

The truth is though, it gets exhausting hearing myself think.  There is a time and a place for big ideas.  There is also a time to buckle down and do the work.

When I set out to work on a project, thinking big picture is the first thing that I do.  A 20,000 foot view of all of the components that will make up the end result.  I think about what I am trying to accomplish and how all of the pieces will fit together in the end.

I then work backwards making notes of any problem areas that I foresee.  I keep zooming in until I finally reach a starting point.

Once the planning is in place and the wheels of a project are in motion, then it’s time to stop thinking big and do the work.  This is where I struggle.

My mind keeps racing.  I over analyze and think myself into an anxiety induced roadblock.  Progress comes to a standstill as I chase unrelated factors into a million different rabbit holes.  It’s not really problem solving if the problems that are being solved aren’t actually in the way of you completing your goal. Continue reading