I’m all about spacious goals, big ideas, and lofty expectations. But I know that it’s a lot easier to talk about them than to start executing them.
It’s no use to talk about building bigger if you don’t have a real set of tools.
Below, you’ll find a list of things that I recommend for digging deep and growing tall. On the surface, each of these tools may look ordinary but each holds a special power for aiding you in your journey towards greatness.
Twitter & Skype
Twitter will help you talk to people you never dreamed you could talk to. It will help you find the big conversations. It will help you make deep connections.
Of course, you will have to work for all those things. But the work is much easier & faster than ever before. You have no excuse.
Once you’ve done the work of finding people & conversations on Twitter. It’s time to take it to Skype. Skype let’s you connect with real people in real time really all around the world.
Open up a video chat – no really, don’t be shy! – and have a coffee date with someone halfway around the world. Schedule a 4 way chat with some virtual friends. Set a time frame & some conversation starters so you know what to expect and then chat!
One of the key ways we play bigger is by connecting with those who make us better players.
Playing big takes a lot of time. Doing your work and fulfilling your mission on a large scale means you’ll likely be putting in a lot of hours. It also means that you’re going to be reading and learning more than you ever have before.
I’ve discovered that my iPad is a phenomenal tool for allowing me to create space in my life while continue to put in the time that I need.
I switch off the “work computer” and switch on my magical tablet, continuing to learn and read without the pressure of my bigger machine. I can take advantage of apps and note taking tools that sync up with my MacBook.
Your digital reader may be a Kindle, Nook, or netbook – but whatever you choose, I highly recommend a speedy digital way to keep on learning.
Nothing helps you play bigger, get more accomplished, and find your inner task master than a calendar with deadlines written in pen.
I’ve been using a calendar extensively this year to stay on track with my goals. Instead of seeing a wide open idea, I see specific tasks that need to be accomplished by certain days.
I’ve also been using my calendar to take on new clients, schedule interviews, and plan financial needs. My calendar is more than a day planner; it’s a way to see my plans realized.
If you have big plans for your personal mission or for your creative business, you need to have a website of your own.
This isn’t about having a Tumblr account or a Twitter stream or even a Blogspot blog – you need to have a home base. You need to have a way to invite people into your digital home so that they can help you achieve your goals.
If you were set on networking your way to the top 20 years ago, you might throw dinner parties or have meetings in your office. Now you have the ability to invite people over 24/7 to your digital home.
Make sure it represents you and the people you want to influence, including social proof, a gorgeous picture of you, and confident copy.
3rd Party Perspective
If you’ve been waiting until you hit it big to hire a coach, you’ll be waiting forever. Hiring a 3rd party perspective is an invaluable way to measure your effectiveness and push you to new heights.
A great coach will uncover strengths you didn’t know you had, rescue you for self-doubt or worry, and spark your creativity.
What kind of coach? Heck if I know. You might need a strategist, a life coach, an art coach, a health coach, etc… What’s really important is that you find someone who understands you and what you need.
And don’t be fooled – ecourses & programs are great – but you need one-on-one support to bust you free of what’s holding you back. You need to invest in someone else and let them put the pressure on you.
Email Service Provider
And I don’t mean Gmail. You need a bulk email service provider like, gotta love the monkey, MailChimp.
It doesn’t get much more practical than this. Book publishers, big name marketers, journalists, people who can make your dreams come true – they respect a good list. It doesn’t have to be a huge list but it needs to be there, engaged, and waiting to devour the next email you send.
If you’ve been collecting email addresses in a notebook at craft shows or keeping your clients tucked away in a spreadsheet on your desktop, it’s time to start building your digital mailing list. And then start using it.
You can make big things happen for yourself just by engaging with people casually & conveniently via email.
This should go without saying… but your big ideas are too big to be trusted to your brain.
You need a pen & paper, post-it, or pixel place to keep the things you dream up. It doesn’t have to be pretty. It doesn’t have to be organized. It just needs to be tangible.
Write it down. Hold on to it.
And then when the time or person or environment is right – execute it.
If you feel like you’re always the last one picked for the team when it comes to playing a bigger game, it’s time to step up to the plate. Try out one of these tools, do something uncomfortable, or push yourself further today.
Over the last few months, I’ve been working with Tara Sophia Mohr to strategize the production & launch of a brand new program. That program is called “Playing Big” and, I believe in it and what Tara has to teach so much, that I registered & paid to participate in the course myself.
If you’re ready to go after your unspoken dreams, I would love for you to join me.