#004: Seven Steps to Thinking Bigger [Podcast]

In this podcast episode I talk about thinking bigger. I have been fascinated by what differentiates successful people from unsuccessful ones. It’s not about experience. It’s not about education. It’s not even about talent. It is about how they think.

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Episode Outline

I discuss how any leader can learn to think bigger by following these seven steps:

  1. Imagine the possibilities.
  2. Write down your dream.
  3. Connect with what is at stake.
  4. Outline what would have to be true.
  5. Decide what you can do to affect the outcome.
  6. Determine when this will happen.
  7. Review your goals daily.

Listener Questions

I also answer three questions from my listeners.

  • “What should I do with my friends who don’t support my dreams?”
  • “How can I encourage my kids to dream big?”
  • “When does thinking big become delusional?”

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  • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

    Yes!  I’ve been looking forward to the next release of this podcast.  I just blogged about This Is Your Life yesterday.

    How am I at thinking big?  Good question.  Honestly, I think I used to be better at this when I was younger.  I think it’s easy to permit some of the realities of life to come in and squash our thoughts from going big.  I know in my own life, I have seen the impact of illness and I have seen how life responsibilities can shrink our thinking.

    I appreciate the reminder to reverse or overcome this trend.  I look forward to listening to the podcast!

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

       Jon, that was a great post. I enjoyed reading it and seeing the other podcasts recommended by your readers!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I think It’s a challenge for all of us as we get older. We start settling in to what is safe. The good news is that this can be reversed! Thanks.

    • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

       I read that post!

      • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

        Thanks, Brandon. I appreciate you reading!

  • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

    I’m with Jon the last episode was so informative! This topic is needed and appreciated!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks. Kimanzi. I’m glad you liked it.

  • http://runningwithhorses.wordpress.com/ Steve Hawkins

    As Jon points out, I think we were all better at “thinking big” when we were kids. Go into a kindergarden classroom and ask the kids “Are you an artist?” and all of them will raise their hand. Go into a 7th grade class and ask that question, and only a few students–if any at all–will identify themselves as artists. Somehow as we got older, adult programming took away our dreaming processes, and we began to conform to peer pressure and society’s requirements. 

    I believe that thinking big is part of the rediscovery process we go through later in life (hopefully not too late!) when we consider our present situation and think about career change. Suddenly, we begin to think back in childhood when we enjoyed doing particular things–for example, being an artist and drawing pictures. And that’s when it happens: we start thinking big again and that process pulls us out of our current career and into another. But if we instill within our children’s minds to always think big despite the opposition around them, imagine the possibilities.

    Great minds don’t think alike. Great minds think for themselves. 

    • http://www.alslead.com/ Dave Anderson

      Thinking big is not my problem.  I’ve been know as a ready, shoot, aim guy.  It is the details used to bog me down.  But, I learned to get started once I think I know 80% of my plan and the rest I will figure out with experience.

      In my experience, it is the thinking of the details that stops people from moving towards their dreams.

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

         Dave, your comment reminded me of Jim Collins talk at Catalyst East. He shared a story about cannonballs.

        First you get ready with a pretty good idea. Then you fire. But not with cannonballs. You fire first with bullets. Bullets are cheap and low risk. Once you’ve made sure you’re firing in the right direction, you aim the cannonball. They’re more damaging and costly so you use them more wisely.

        • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

           How do you fire a bullet out of a cannon? :)

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

            Very, very carefully. (-;

            Guess I left some parts out but I think the message gets across.

      • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

        I agree. One of the things I have learned in recent years, as I have taken on bigger and bigger goals, is that I will usually only see enough light for the next couple of steps. But that is enough. If I step out in faith, the other steps appear. It’s really cool to watch it unfold. Thanks.

        • http://runningwithhorses.wordpress.com/ Steve Hawkins

          Good thought Mike. I need to step out in faith more often and trust God. Thanks for reminding me. 

      • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

        I am the same! Big is not my problem—getting from A-Z is the problem. I have some great folks who help me get there, and without them I would be sunk!

    • http://jeremystatton.com/ Jeremy Statton

      I agree. It reminds me of a Picasso quote. 
      “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

      • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

        That is so true.  My son is a creative genius.  I want to foster that and see him do great things in the future.  But the question is how to keep him thinking that way…

      • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

        One of my favorite quotes!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      So many rich nuggets of wisdom in your comments, Steve. As I listened to the podcast, my thoughts kept going to my kids. Am I a naysayer? Or am I encouraging them to be risky with their dreams? Thank you for reemphasizing this.

  • http://www.godsabsolutelove.com/ Patricia Zell

    My biggest goal has developed over many years as I have spent time in my prayer closet–I desire that every single person will know and understand the absolute love that God has for him/her. Some may think this goal is delusional, but it has come out of my relationship with God. I can remember the first time God prompted me to pray that 100,000 people would come to Him–it took everything I had (with a lot of confirmation from Him) to pray that prayer in faith. Over the years, as I continued to pray and to seek God for understanding the Bible, my vision has expanded enough to include every single person in that prayer.

    This goal is why I wrote my book, and I am believing that it will help many people understand the power of what Christ accomplished on the cross. Although I am currently not “marketing” my book, I am being faithful to the responsibilities that God has placed in my life. I am believing Him that He will open doors for me to share His absolute love with as many people as possible.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I don’t think that is delusional at all. Dr. Bill Bright had a similar vision and worked tirelessly to make it happen. Thanks.

      • http://www.godsabsolutelove.com/ Patricia Zell

        I was in Campus Crusade for Christ at Ohio State back in the early 1970’s. That’s where I began to see the Bible beyond the stories in it–that’s where I began seeking God to understand what was written within its pages. It was also during those years that my understanding of the reality of God’s absolute love began to emerge. So, Dr. Bright’s vision directly impacted my life and I am thankful for his tireless work. Just as a side note, I accepted Christ in the mid 1960’s while watching a Billy Graham crusade on t.v., so his tireless work blessed me, too.

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    Great topic, Michael. I always like to have at least one “Impossible” or BHAG goal. One that is bigger than  my current reality. This forces me to learn new things and reach out to others for help. This is the type of goal that makes life exciting. 

    Another type of goal that is really interesting, especially when planning out a business venture, is to plan out a 50 year goal. This helps you plan past yourself. I’ve done 5 and 10 year goals, but when you get to 50 years you really get a different view. If nothing else, it helps you think really BIG!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Excellent idea, John. I have not done that. I will have to give it a try.

      • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

        I listened to your podcast in the car today. The audio quality sounds great. Did you upgrade your equipment?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          No, I am using the same equipment I have had from the beginning. I invested in the equipment that Cliff Ravenscraft recommended. The whole package was less than $2,000, including the software. I basically have an in-house studio now.

          • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

            While your podcast has always sounded great, yesterday’s seemed crisper. Probably my listening device. Instead of listening through iTunes on my older iPod, I did a direct download to my Android phone and listened from there. Very professional!

          • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

            Thanks, John. I am actually hearing some nits that I want to iron out. Oh well, constant and never-ending improvement!

  • Tim Richter16

    Great podcast thank you so much….where is your theme music “this is your life” from- title and artist?
    Tim Richter
    Green Bay WI

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      It is “This Is Your Life” by Switchfoot. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/JobCoachHQ Douglas Andrews

    Simple.  I want my blog to be as successful as yours!  I love your set up, graphics, content and podcast.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Doug!

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill


  • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

    I love how you call writing it down being courageous. My biggest road blog is fear…specifically fear of failure.  To dream big is to risk failure and especially to me it will take courage in a real and tangible way to “think big.” 

    I am speaking at a women’s retreat in November, and get a free vendor table for this event. I am fearfully considering putting together a self-published devo book, picking the best from my blog. (So I have nothing to write, just need to edit)  This seems like an easy thing to do, and a big window of time to do it in, but my knees are knocking and I am overwhelmed by the thought.  

    Thanks for a great podcast. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Go for it, Kelly. What would you do if you were brave?

      • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

        If I were brave, I would go for it. I need to “ignore the mocking little voice” that says no one cares what I wrote, and ask myself (#6) “What’s the worst that can happen?”  I guess the worst would be to have a few boxes of unsold books in my garage.  

        Mike Ditka said, “Failure isn’t fatal.”   The complete quote is  “Success is temporary, and failure isn’t fatal.”  I need to make that my mantra.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

       You absolutely should do it, Kelly! Having product at your speaking events is a great way to build your business. But imagine how good it will feel to have this compiled for your family and children! It’s worth it. Do it, and then tell me all about it please. :)

    • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

      That is an ideal place to have a small book or two. One of the conference speakers I heard recently suggested self publishing smaller books of 100 pages or less on individual subjects. Depending on your printer/publisher you can do these relatively inexpensively. These make great back table books or you can hand them out as an “expensive business card” to promote your business. The nice thing with a small book is that you can pinpoint it to your exact audience and it gives you credibility as an author. You should be able to compile a book like this in a month or two and be ready to go.

      • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

        I priced it today. I am going to make this happen. Yes, I am.

        Thanks for the feedback.

        • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

          Awesome, let us know how it goes…

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Good for you, Kelly!

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      That sounds like a great idea—and a no-brainer. What is giving you so much angst?

      • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

        Think of it this way. The first time your youngest tied their own shoes they probably had angst over doing it, and had trouble, and worked very hard. Your oldest child may have said, “Tying your own shoes is a no-brainer, what’s the big deal.” But to the youngest it is a very big deal.
        I’ve never stepped out into anything like this. I am making a financial investment with no guarantee of return. And I am saying out loud, “I am a writer who is sale-able,” while the little mocking voice (as Michael Hyatt called it), is saying, “Why would anyone buy anything you wrote?”

        No-brainer? Perhaps. To you it may be like taking a step. To me it is like taking a step on the moon. And that is one giant leap for me.

        • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill


          I hope I didn’t come across as condescending. You strike me as an immensely talented person and communicator, and I really hope that you get a chance to step out and seize the opportunity to discover how truly talented and gifted God has created you to be! :)

  • http://bobhamp.com/ Bob Hamp

    Michael…I love how you set it all up. Thinking differently is a skill and not a gift. You place great things in the reach of anyone who will reach.
    I also love that you describe it as primarily psychology or mindset. So.True. People are captive to their paradigms much more than to any actual obstacle. Change a belief, you change possibilities.
    Think bigger….think differently….and do it on purpose! 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Bob. I appreciate that.

    • http://www.robsorbo.com/p/welcome-from-disqus.html Rob Sorbo

      So true. I got my first lessons in thinking outside of the box from an old manager of mine. He would ask these brilliant questions and my first thought was always, “That makes so much sense, why didn’t I think of that!” 

  • http://cavemanreflections.blogspot.com/ Michael Mulligan

    I’m looking at today’s message from the opposite point of view and zeroing in on a listener’s question, “What should I do with my friends who don’t support my dreams?”

    I was the one in the family who was the dream killer regarding my family’s wish to relocate to the Midwest.  My excuse was always the same, “we have to be realistic.”  I finally got on board and we are now living our dreams.  The lesson I learned is to listen to the dreams of your loved ones and support them.  The solution came in point #5, “Decide what you can do to affect the outcome.”  Once I converted from killing dreams to supporting them, the family found peace and harmony.  Never again will I be a dream killer.  Thanks for the podcast.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great lesson! Thanks.

      • http://cavemanreflections.blogspot.com/ Michael Mulligan

         You’re welcome.  Your podcast sparked an idea for a blog story.  I look forward to reading more of your blog messages and listening to your podcasts.  Having an outline to follow while listening helps me to retain the information.  Keep it up.  You make the lessons fun.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Great insight, Michael. And I appreciate your honest humility in sharing the tough lesson with us. I’ve been known to kill a dream or two in the name of “being realistic.” As a mom, I’m working very hard to do the opposite now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lance-Beaumont/727414119 Lance Beaumont

    Really enjoying the new podcasts you are doing. This is a timely message for me. I am at the halfway point in the completion of my dissertation and also dealing with the mounting pressures of completing my second book, focused on learning the guitar. It is far too easy to slip into an overwhelmed state, or even burnout state, when considering overwhelming to-do lists. Connecting with what is at stake is a perfect way to maintain focus on completing these tasks. Thanks for your insight.

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      Got to take that time to breathe, think big, and charge headlong into making it happen. Right? Thanks for the comment, Lance.

  • David Collier

    Michael, thank you for this podcast.  It was very helpful.

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      What did you like best about it, David?

  • http://www.workyouenjoy.com Adam Rico

    I can’t wait to listen to the podcast Michael. I love thinking big but then, as you mentioned, I can talk myself out of things pretty easily with the ” r” word. Responsible. I’m working on balancing my responsibilities with thinking big and working toward my career goals. How have you made decisions in regard to time commitments for your church versus your career and family?

    Thanks Michael.

    • http://justin.am/ Justin Wise

      First comment, FTW! 

      Adam … Time Management Ninja suggest getting up early to make your dreams come alive. I have yet to meet someone who can’t get up an hour early to make things happen. It’s somewhere to start, right?

      Congrats on being first today. That’s hard to do :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      For me, I just schedule it. This is the best way to make sure my priorities get their rightful due.

  • http://twitter.com/bfield75 bfield75

    I read the Magic of Thinking big about 3 years ago and decided to read it again recently.  Your podcast was very timely and very reinforcing.  It is so amazing that the act of simply writing something down creates movement towards achievement.  I also liked the definition that you gave for a goal (a dream with a deadline).  

    • Jim Martin

      bfield, I also liked the definition that Michael gave (dream with a deadline).  Helpful.

  • http://www.robsorbo.com/p/welcome-from-disqus.html Rob Sorbo

    Thanks for the great podcast. I am actually in the beginning stages of a project that’s bigger than anything I’ve ever done before, so I will definitely apply some of these steps immediately.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      The bigger the project, the greater the exhilaration when it’s accomplished! Let us know how it goes, Rob.

  • http://www.abiolaomodele.typepad.com Abiola O. Omodele

    It’s nice listening to your podcast again, I look forward to it each time!
    I’m really learning reading or listening to the things you share, also the
    guest posts, they are fantastic!

    I look forward to launch my first book this April. As at last year December
    when I was planning things, it was like I was dreaming, but today, God has made
    it a reality! 

    Would you please write or talk on ‘Launching a New Product’? I need
    information/insights on the subject as I look forward to my book launch next

    Thanks a zillion for having it in mind to share what you’ve learnt! God
    bless you. Amen.

  • http://www.thenancyway.com/ Nancy Roe

    Thanks for the fabulous podcast.  I am currently writing a book and have my “goal” dates (rewrite, editing, rewrite, publish, launch) on my bulleting board.  I see the goals every day.  I plan on writing a list of 100 things I want to accomplish.  Thanks for all your advice.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      You are welcome, Nancy. Thanks.

  • http://1minutedailyword.com/ Steve Martin

    Excellent suggestions!

    Thanks for sharing them with us, Michael!

    I too, want to go BIGGER!

    I started a brand new Christian daily devotional blog that wishes to reach people who have bust schedules and not a lot of time to read the Bible, etc. This is my dream!
    It can be found at    1minutedailyword.com 

    If you like it…pass it along. It could possibly help to change someone’s eternal destiny. Or not…:D


  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    Looking forward to this one!  I have enjoyed these completely so far!  Keep up the great work! 

  • Tweberfree

    Thank you so much!

  • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

    “Failure isn’t final until you quit.” The best quote in the podcast! As usual, you nailed it. Thanks, Michael.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Michele. I appreciate you taking time to say so. I feel like I am still trying to find my voice!

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      I am with you—that was a great line!

  • http://www.mentalhealthgracealliance.org/ Joe Padilla

    Michael, I usually don’t write comments and such, but felt blessed by this and wanted to convey my “thanks.” I’ve been following you for the last month or so and have been blessed by each post. I like the simplicity and focus! It’s been helpful for my own process of building and growing the org I started. Your influence keeps nudging my visionary hunger to improve. 

    After this podcast (7 bigger thinking steps) it help me to rethink and review the strategic vision, goals, etc we’ve laid out. As a new growing org and feeling pulled in so many directions, I needed to hear this podcast. It brings back to mind how I’ve taught other young leaders … it’s not just about this lifetime, but what about the 100 years after we’re gone … are we on target today? This podcast remind me of this big question … I don’t want flash success and growth, but impact that changes world. Sounds dreamy and out there and some yawn at me … but that’s the way I was raised and taught. Oh well!

    So again, you’re influence has been helpful to keep things in great focus. After listening to this podcast (7 things) – I’ve scheduled a time with a close friend who is an org leader and a like-hearted visionary builder to realign and ask bigger questions. Thanks for always refreshing and feeding us! 

  • http://www.jozeca.missionsplace.com/ Jozeca Lathrop

    Thanks for the inspiring podcast. I have made setting aside time for “thinking” a priority each day the past week or so.  I suppose the thing that gets me a bit tied up into knots is that I have such a hard time envisioning what my future looks like. After listening to the podcast I decided to just write as things came to mind… yet somehow they’re so very “raw” it will be quite a process to get them into steps 4 and beyond – figuring out what I can do. It should be a good process… though time-consuming! It fits in with the previous podcast on vision, too.

    • Jim Martin

      Jozeca, I wish you the best as you undertake this process.  When I am thinking about something “big” quite often it begins as something very raw and undefined as well.  Yet, continuing to work with these thoughts (as a process) usually brings clarity and better definition.  

  • Cherry Odelberg

    Thanks!  I needed that. What do you call something that wakes you up like a cold slap in the face but is the exact opposite of a bucket of cold water on your dreams?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Perhaps watering the plant!

  • http://becomingunencumbered.com/ Lee

    Hello Michael.  I am a big fan and really appreciate your work.  I use your blog as a template and inspiration for my own.  It is concise, insightful and well laid out.  I am 2 weeks into participating in a course about making one big dream a reality.  It is a 3 month support and coaching forum.  Your podcast ties into what we are doing so well and I will be sharing it with the others in the group.  We have so far had to do just as you suggested and specifically identify one dream above all others we want to work toward over the course.  We then had to write it in five words a less.  Not as simple as it seems, but it forces clarity.  This week we are working on overcoming our fears.  Our assignment is to contact someone big in the arena of our interest and whose opinion would be important to us and ask them a question.  Getting a response would be a bonus but not required.  I am contacting you and my question is, is there one goal from your past you never pursued that you wish you had or are considering re-addressing?  I am now going to try to not worry about the quality of that question.  Again, thank you for what you share and give to us all.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I wish I had gotten a seminary degree or a graduate degree in business. I have revisited it a few times, but now, it doesn’t feel like the return would be worth the investment. Great question, though! Thanks.

      • http://becomingunencumbered.com/ Lee

        Thank you for the response Michael.  Glad the question was worthwhile.  Also, I agree with Michele that your quote about “failure not being final until you quit” is excellent and one to keep replaying in my head when the going is difficult.   

  • http://www.webvideochefs.com/ Amani Channel

    I want the video production training site to be a huge brand with books, training, materials, and youth media training programs.

    Thanks for your inspiring thoughts!  

  • Jim Martin

    Great podcast today, Michael.  The timing for me was great.  It was very helpful to me to be able to look over your shoulder and watch you walk through these seven steps.  Very helpful. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Great, Jim. I’m so glad.

  • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

    Great podcast! I was really appreciateive of the balance you struck between vision/thinking bigger and the practical nuts and bolts steps in order to get there! When you started talking about not needing to see the ENTIRE vision spread out in front of you, and that you really only needed to see the next few steps was really great!

    I really loved the Will Smith quote—that made the whole podcast worth it for me.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Awesome, Barry. I’m so glad you found it helpful. I feel like I am such a beginner with regards to podcasting.

  • http://paulcoughlin.com Paul Coughlin

    So much wisdom within this Michael. Thanks. After many years working with high profile self-development personalities – this is such a refreshing, feet on the ground – dare I say it ‘realistic’ take on thinking big!

    Loving sharing what you speak and write about – and wanted to remind and commend you on what great value you create through your blog and podcast.

    How am I at thinking big? As you say, it’s a way of thinking, and comes more naturally to some than others. I’m lucky that I enjoy thinking big, and find it easy – but as you rightly pointed out – the big dreams and ideas need to be moved through to stage 2 – the practical creation stage. 

    For some of us, that ‘practical’ way of thinking doesn’t come as easily – i.e. it’s not as natural, and it’s great to be aware of this, so we can partner up with people who can help and support us turn our dreams into our reality.

    All the best,

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your kind words, Paul. I appreciate that!

  • http://twitter.com/TheJohnLaffoon John Laffoon

    Another great and encouraging podcast! I wish there were a new one everyday!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, John. I appreciate the encouragement!

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    Mike! Thinking big doesn’t happen by chance. I need to intentionallly focus on training my mind in that way. For me, it all begins with getting in the right frame of mind. And, then the courage to experiment those big ideas.

  • http://www.bigb94.wordpress.com Brandon

    Thanks for sharing!

  • http://somewiseguy.com ThatGuyKC

    Another excellent podcast! So happy you are doing these. I reviewed your podcast hereand paired it with others in the same genre that I highly recommend.

    Excited for your book to be released. Godspeed as the process reaches the finish line.

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  • Ralf Kaiser

    Thank you Michael.  What wonderful pearls of wisdom.  I do like to think big, and I am challenged with keeping that thinking alive.  That is why #3..the “WHY’S” are so important!  They add the jet fuel.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/maxinedavis.author Maxine Davis

    I just listened to podcast #4, Thinking Bigger. The eyeopening point for me is realizing what must happen for my dream to come true. “I must promote my dream.” For me, this means reordering my priorities, time and budget. Thanks for the information that will force me to allow myself  to move forward.

  • http://whiterhinosolutions.com/ Glenn

    Stumbled on your podcast in iTunes looking for “good stuff” to fill my head with. After 3 years of struggling with my business, I’m in the process of resetting and thinking bigger. In the process you outlined in the podcast, how many dreams/goals should you tackle at once?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      The fewer the better. I have three for this year. Thanks.

  • Steveneli

    Hi Michael,

    I loved your podcast, thank you for the inspiration.

    Steve Jobs said, “don’t spend your life living someone else’s dream.” After many years experience in my industry, I am ready to start my own company and live my own dream. What I’m struggling with is, I have such a broad base of skills, I’m struggling with how to fine-tune my dream to something specific. With such a crowded marketplace, what makes what I have to offer saleable and unique? It’s not the desire or fear that keeps me back it’s the lack of the big idea I can chase. Any suggestion on how to work on such a filundamental ingrediant?

  • Michael

    I have dreamed big in the past regarding my career and lived out those dreams.    I am excited about pursuing and moving forward in a different direction, but the problem is I don’t know what my new professional dreams are.  I’m big picture stuck, which is totally new to me.  I need to get unstuck somehow.

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  • http://christopherbattles.net/ Christopher Battles

    I am working throw Dan Miller’s 48 Days program and this was a good fitting with goals.
    Thank you Michael. 

    K, bye

  • Ryan Quinn

    I found your example of using Joseph’s dream to be an interesting one.  While telling his brother’s about his dream definitely drove him down an undesirable path, wasn’t it also the very thing that set his dream in motion?

    I’m torn on the idea of broadcasting visions/dreams broadly or to a select group of people.  My personality makes me want to agree that keeping them private is the best course of action, but my concern is that I could be basing that on fear more than anything else…

    Love the podcast, thanks!

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  • Mark Morris

    Michael, I’ve only recently found your podcast, and I’m working through the back catalog. This podcast is life changing! I’ve recommended that my 15 year old listen to it for the life lessons you provide.

    I collect quotes in Evernote, and I recently came across a quote from Nigel Ipinson-Fleming, the Director of Garage Gospel – “Make your objectives bigger than your distractions!” I think that’s appropriate for this topic.

    I’ve always been a big thinker, but I have trouble with the execution and follow through. I am the visionary in my workgroup, but I’m definitely not the one you want to manage the project long-term. So I have surrounded myself with people that can, and will follow through, to the end. I dream up the big picture, and they run with it. Not all of my ideas are workable – in fact, many are not. But I hit a home run often enough that I keep at it. And that’s why I would add an eighth step – Celebrate your Successes! We can’t be afraid to fail, and we have to rejoice when we succeed. That helps us to keep moving forward.

    Thank you for following through on your gifts – it’s a HUGE help to me, and I’m sure to others as well.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your kind words, Mark. I love that quote from Nigel. Wow.