The Season of Thinking Big

The Season of Thinking BigThink Big

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As September slides over the horizon, there are only three months remaining in the decade.  It all started with a bang and fireworks at the Millennium and the time has simply flown by.  The last ten years have seen huge changes in my own life – qualifying as an accountant, getting married, moving to San Francisco for 5 years, finding a new career as a coach, starting my own practice.  It’s only when we stop for a minute that we can appreciate how much has happened and how much we’ve grown.

The new decade is around the corner and it brings a sense of promise and excitement.  This is the ideal time to start thinking big!  I’ve started to think about my potential for the next 10 years.  There are so many possibilities; starting a family, growing a great business, developing my skills and experience as a coach, seeing more of the world.  I’m going to think really big about what can be achieved and start with the premise that everything is possible.  Once the challenge and the vision are set for the next ten years, there’ll be no choice for me but to go for it.

The next three months are a great opportunity for you to take stock of where you are in your life.   Take the time to review the last 10 years and celebrate your greatest achievements, relive your biggest challenges and think about what you have learned.  You might be surprised about how much you’ve achieved personally and professionally.

This is also a chance to think big about your future.  Take some time to answer the following questions.  Most importantly answer them without limiting yourself about what is possible – give yourself a fair chance to be amazing.  Don’t curb your ambitions or put a limit on your dreams.

  • What is your vision for life in ten years time (if you think big)?
  • What would you like to have achieved personally and professionally (if you think bigger)?
  • What are the three amazing things that you would like to accomplish over the next decade (if you think really big)?

Answering these questions should make you feel excited and a little daunted about the challenges that lie ahead.  If you feel comfortable, why not share your commitments by making a comment  on this posting.  Sharing your vision with the Less Ordinary Community is the first step to achieving it.

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  1. September 30, 2009 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Good article and I especially like the time to read thingy! I think this sort of advice should be in the school timetable so that it can spread throughout the population. I myself spend far too much time rushing about and need to stop and take stoke much more often.

  2. October 1, 2009 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the feedback Scott. One of my readers who is a teacher is actually using some Less Ordinary Living content as part of his course. You are right that slowing down to take stock is sometimes the most effective way to move forward.

    So, how will you think big what will you commit to over the next decade

  3. Anirban Ghosh
    October 3, 2009 at 5:00 am | Permalink


    Thanks for such an encouraging message! Come to think of it, the Last decade has truly been great for me, just that I never thought of it that way! I have seen my share of failures and how well I have rebounded to where I stand today. I honestly think we should all pause for a minute and look back at ourselves from time to time rather than complaining about what didnt go right!

    Coming to the three questions that you have asked, I have been spendng the last few months thinking about the 1st one alone. Great that you remind me about the other two :)

    Keep the mesasges coming Phil. Thanks.

  4. October 6, 2009 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Hi Phil,
    Told you I would check out your blog. I’m loving the Innocent story, thank you for this, glad you got in touch with me.

  5. October 18, 2009 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Hadn’t quite hit me until I read this that we’ll be onto the 2nd decade of the millenium in a few months. And what a decade this last one has been. Great idea to set some goals for the next 10. A friend and I are setting up a list of challenges: ’30 before 30′, so we’ve exactly two years (and counting!) to get through quite a few…I anticipate the first two years of the decade at least will be packed full of things taking me out of my comfort zone and pushing my boundaries – amongst them, doing a stand up comedy routine and singing live in front of an audience, as well as more serious goals (write a book, etc.). Still haven’t quite compiled the whole list, but at the very least it will be keeping us busy!

    Thanks for the inspiration Phil, I’ll make sure this next decade is every bit as great as the last.

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