SMALL is the new big

Abhilash Anandan's Picture
March 02, 2017


Many of us start off with big intentions to do big things. I’m a person who loves to dream big. But I find that there is a power in thinking small when starting on a new adventure. Whenever you’re on the tracks to get anything done, big or small, start from where you presently are. Imagine planning a trip from Trivandrum to Goa and putting your starting point in your GPS as Bengaluru. Things just wouldn’t work out.

We aren’t even close to being perfect, nor do we live in a perfect world. So reaching half way through 2017 wouldn’t necessarily mean we’re half way through in achieving our goals. We all wonder what exactly is standing in our way? I would argue that the greatest problem that’s been preventing you from accomplishing your biggest goals is that you’re not thinking small enough.

Yes, you heard me right! You aren’t thinking SMALL enough.

Yes, the traditional method for goal setting works, but it’s limited by the size of that person’s belief. So with that in mind I’ve come up with a simple solution. Believe me. It works. Start small. I’m talking SUPER small. The reasoning behind this is quite simple. You need momentum, and nothing builds momentum like getting a few wins under your belt.

Let’s say you want to start a startup. You have a billion-dollar idea, but do not know if you’re up for it. What do you usually do? Think… Think… Think… And, it usually stops there. But, instead try successfully completing something small. Even things unrelated to your dream. Doing them successfully gives you the momentum and fire to get on with your next task. This builds up and gives you the confidence to chase your real dream.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about thinking big and having big dreams, but I also understand the need for momentum and confidence. Accomplishing these smaller goals is much better than taking a huge initial leap.The purpose of these smaller goals is not to get you closer to your goal, but to develop the skill of belief, the belief that you can accomplish your goals.

I've found good success with this approach. What do you think?