How to Achieve Greater Things

10 09 2008

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Image by mundocuadro on Flickr via Creative Commons

Image by mundocuadro on Flickr via Creative Commons

Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success.” David Schwartz

I’ve been thinking a lot about the difference between a positive and negative attitude in working towards your goals. I am the worst person for finding reasons why things can’t be done. If everyone had this attitude we would not have the many great products, achievements and events in the world. Unless you think Big and aim high you will never achieve great things.

Last night I watched Mission Everest. This is a documentary about Bear Grylls and Gilo Cardozo and their attempt to fly Paragliders over the height of the summit of Mount Everest 29,035ft (8850m).

Here’s the intro from their web site:

Reaching the ‘ceiling of the impossible’
Conventional wisdom says that technology has tamed the elements and removed risk from almost every human activity. GKN Mission Everest turns conventional wisdom on its head. Pitting a team of aviators against the forces of nature, the mission seeks to achieve a first: to a height above the summit of the world’s highest mountain using just powered paragliders – and reaching what explorers call the ‘ceiling of the impossible’.


Here are some things to consider, before this attempt no one had taken a paraglider above about 20,019 feet. They had to cope with temperatures of -60 °C and dangerously low oxygen levels to reach 29,500 feet, and they had to design and build specialist motors that would be capable of achieving this feat at these altitudes, as conventional paraglider motors could not cope at this altitude.

Now, how many people (including paragliding enthusiasts) would have said this couldn’t be done? Or not even tried? The answer = 99.99%.

The reason they achieved this is because they believed it could be done. Despite all the risks (including death) and reasons why it perhaps could not work out they still went for it, it is an admirable way to approach things.

Think and believe BIG and you will achieve great things. Set your sights low and small scale and you’ll achieve small things. They say ‘you are what you eat’, well you achieve what you think. This is important to remember in all areas of your life. If you think you will get ill, you probably will. If you think you can’t get fit, you probably won’t. If you think you and your new business will not work, you will fail (or worse, not even try).  Ask yourself: Do you not achieve things because you think that they can’t be done, or do you not even try because you don’t believe in yourself?
Aim Higher

There is a theory that it is easier to get $100 million than $1 million? Why is that, well the competition for $1 million is greater, there are more people trying to achieve that aim, more competition and lower odds. Less people are going for the $100 million goal because they think it can’t be done. The competition is therefore less and if you are going for it and believe in it then it is highly likely that you are the type of person who thinks big enough to achieve it.

Look at your goals and ambitions? Are they easy to achieve? Surely the hardest things to get are the best things to go for because the reward is so much greater. If you set yourself mediocre dreams then you will never be truly happy.
Start Today

Here’s a plan to get started on your road to achieving bigger and better things:

  1. Remove the word “can’t” from your vocabulary.
  2. Believe in yourself and what you can do.
  3. Set your goals high.
  4. Overcome challenges, don’t be defeated by problems.
  5. Increase your energy, eat well and be fit.
  6. Eliminate negativity (both internal and external).
  7. Talk the talk (say “we will approach it in this way”, rather than “it won’t work that way”).
  8. Smile more, look, feel and be positive.

Go for it!

“Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it.”


There is a complimentary post to this on my other blog Lists for Life called ‘Principles of Thinking and Achieving Big.’


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2 responses

10 09 2008
Bobby Rio

You’ve got to believe its possible too. That is the hardest part when you start aiming higher and dreaming bigger… some times you internally don’t really believe that you are capable of achieving the goal.

One of the ways i’ve been able to overcome it is make a “success list” where i write down all the things i’ve accomplished to remind myself that I’ve achieved many goals that in the past I woudl have thought were impossible.

10 09 2008

@Bobby Rio – Good point Bobby. If you think positive all of the time you will start to believe internally that you can achieve this things. The success list idea sounds brilliant. I will have to start one of those myself. Thanks for commenting!

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