How To Think Bigger Than Today

December 27, 2013 — 10 Comments
How To Think Bigger Than Today | Joseph Lalonde

With tomorrow coming at you fast and furiously, you’ve got to have a picture of what tomorrow, next week, and the next year will look like.

You’ve got to think bigger than today.

You’ll need to create a compelling path towards tomorrow that looks enticing. That draws people in. Are you ready to do this?

You better be. That’s what today’s post is all about.

I want to share with you the keys to thinking bigger than today. To craft the vision that will bring people along with you.

Now, let’s do this thing:

Reflect on the past: The first step to thinking bigger than today is to reflect on the past. Take a moment to see where you’ve come from.

The past holds a lot of victories. A lot of defeat. A lot of joy. A lot of pain. A lot of growth.

Seeing where you’ve come reorientates you as you move towards bigger and better things.

Focus on the present: Now look at where you are today. What’s your situation look like?

Is it where you want to be? Is it leading you in the right direction?

What do you need to keep doing to accomplish your goals? What activities do you need to stop doing?

Discover where you’re at today and whether or not you’re moving forward.

Now, look to the future: You know where you’ve been. You know where you’re going. Do you know where you want to go?

You can use your past and present situations to guide you as you discover the future you want to create.

Do you want more of the same or do you want something bigger than today? Do you want to stay where you are or do you want to move forward?

Sit down, schedule time, and think about the future for 30 minutes. See what you come up with.

Write down the ideas you’ve gotten about the future.

You may want to put all the ideas into a mind map, extending out from today.

Order each idea into where it fits in the timeline of your future. Then move onto the next idea and the next.

Create the map that can help you think bigger than today.

You’ll be able to see the paths you need to take to get where you need to go. Let your mind map be your map for your future.

When you’ve got a map of where you’re headed, it’s easier to think more clearly on what steps you need to take. What thoughts need to be bigger. The speed of your implementation.

Create a life map and you can think bigger than today.

PS: This doesn’t mean your life map won’t change. It most likely will. What this helps with is thinking bigger and having direction in your life. Give it a try. I think you’ll like it.

Question: Have you plotted a course for your life? Why or why not? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  • http://www.empoweringthe80percent.com/ Ellory Wells

    Joe, to be honest, no, I haven’t plotted a course for my life.

    I’ve read so many books about planning it all out, and I talk and write about it too, but the truth is, I don’t know what I want my future to look like.

    Not specifically any way. I know I want to own my time. I know I want to help people, not simply sell them stuff. I know I want the freedom to do the things I want to do, when I want to do them, and from where I want to do them.

    I know I have a purpose; but I struggle to define my plan.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Thanks for your honesty Ellory. Plotting our course isn’t the easiest thing out there but once we do it allows us to take even more control of our lives.

  • http://www.nosuperheroes.com Chris Lautsbaugh

    Great post Joe that takes the old school new years resolution and put a new and fresh, and more applicable face on it!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Thanks Chris. I guess it kind of does.

  • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jon D Harrison

    I love the timing of this post Joe – I have completed the Life Plan that I received from Michael Hyatt’s website (it’s brutal to complete the right way – took me almost 10 hours total time) but it is well worth it. I also took time today to plan out some ideas for the next year – I am a big advocate of thinking bigger!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Awesome Jon. Glad the post hit at just the right time.

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    I think reflecting on the past, to see what has and has not worked, is so important when it comes to our future. It can allow us to plot a course that will allow for the best chance of success. Great thoughts, Joe!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      True Dan. Sometimes we’ve got to come to peace with our past before we can move onto the future.

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