I’ve been in the same basic type of work/ministry since the summer after my senior year of high school. Sometimes I wonder why I went to college or seminary. (A little tongue in cheek there – I am truly grateful for the education and maturity during those formative years.) At times, it’s difficult to keep a fresh outlook after being in a similar role for so long. During some seasons, I’m really thinking new and big, while in other seasons, I’m just hanging in there – not really in the flow.
Anyone’s life, work or ministry can have big possibilities. Too often, we fail to think bigger. I know some people look down on “possibility thinking,” but it sure beats “it-could-never-be-done” thinking. I may be at a point where I need to begin opening the doors for more creative thinking in my work. The possibilities are endless for my life, my family, the church, and Harvest Ministry. How can I think bigger?
I recently finished reading a little book by John Maxwell, How Successful People Think. This powerful little book has one chapter with ways to grow in thinking about bigger possibilities. I hope they are helpful to you:
Stop Focusing On The Impossibilities
My natural tendency is to come up with reasons why it won’t work. This is easy for me to do. We must train ourselves to forget the word impossible and look for the possibilities.
“Virtually nothing is impossible in this world if you just put your mind to it and maintain a positive attitude.” – Lou Holtz“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” – Henry Ford
Stay Away From “Experts”
Experts see things their way and get into that groove. They don’t see what’s in your heart and what can be accomplished with the dream you have. Don’t listen to everything you hear – especially what is supposedly impossible.
Look For Possibilities In Every Situation
The toughest challenges allow us to think bigger. Almost every situation has ways around and opportunities to grow, learn, and be stretched. Listen to any interview of a “successful” person and you will hear about a challenge that shaped where they are today. If a problem seems huge, look for the possibilities that can come from it.
Dream One Size Bigger
Where are you now and what’s your next step? We can’t go from 0 to 100 overnight. You can’t be a rock star if you haven’t started taking guitar lessons. Dream about the next step – one size up. What’s around the corner, possible with a little bit of hard work? What steps do you need to take today?
Question The Status Quo
Why do we get comfortable where we are? We don’t want to upset the stability of our lives, so we exist doing the same thing over and over. We believe that’s what we are supposed to do. Jesus spent much of his ministry challenging the thinking of people. It’s important to question where we are, why we are there, and where else we might need to be – in life and in work.
Find Inspiration From Great Achievers
One great step toward thinking bigger is to connect with others who think big. Have personal conversations when you are around successful people. Ask questions. Listen and learn from them. You can also find inspiration by reading books or watching documentaries. Find out all you can from those who are succeeding in life and work, and grow.