“Life is too short to be little.” – Disraeli
“As he thinketh is his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7, KJV)
What is one thing you can do that by doing it you will think big and live big?
In my Sunday Inspiration last week titled “Amazing Things,” I shared about Mark Batterson’s latest book All In.” Mark writes:
“Anytime God is about to do something amazing in our lives, He calls us to consecrate ourselves to Him. That pattern was established right before the Israelites crossed the Jordan River and conquered the Promised Land. Joshua 3:5 – “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.” Consecration is going all in and all out for the All in All.
Well I got down on my knees last Sunday and consecrated myself, asking God to do amazing things. And He did. I accomplished more last week and experienced more breakthroughs than I typically do in 2-3 weeks. I completed reading two books and began reading two more. I exercised four of the seven days. I had good quality time with family members. And I regained momentum in my business that I lost while recovering from my hip replacement on June 9. That included preparing for the launch of my next I Was Busy, Now I’m Not coaching program as well as The Dream Summit.
One of the new books I began reading this week is “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David J. Swartz, Ph.D. While the book was written in 1959, it shares timeless principles to live a big life and has sold more than four million copies.
Here are some excerpts from the Preface of “The Magic of Thinking Big.”
There is magic in thinking big.
If thinking big accomplishes so much, why doesn’t everyone think that way. All of us, more than we recognize, are products of the thinking around us. And much of this thinking is little, not big. All around you is an environment that is trying to tug you, trying to pull you down to Second Class Street. You are told almost daily that there are “too many chiefs and not enough Indians.” In other words, that opportunities to lead no longer exist, that there is a surplus of chiefs, so be content as a little guy.
This petty environment says other things too. It tells you, “Whatever will be will be,” that your destiny is outside your control, that “fate” is in complete control. So forget those dreams, forget that finer home, forget that special college for the children, forget the better life. Be resigned. Lie down and wait to die.
In truth, success doesn’t demand a price. Every step forward pays a dividend.
“As a man thinketh is his heart, so is he.” Emerson said, “Great men are those who see that thoughts rule the world.” Many people, in their attempt to build a successful life, forget there are tools to help them.
Think Big and you’ll live big. You’ll live big in happiness. You’ll live big in accomplishment. Big in income. Big in friends. Big in respect.
Start out with this thought of the great philosopher Disraeli: “Life is too short to be little.”
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Heavenly Father, thank You for the mentors and coaches you have brought into my life to help me think big and live big. Thank you for inspiring Dr. Swartz to write The Magic of Thinking Big. I pray you will inspire those who read this message to take action to maximize their potential. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen and hallelujah!
Blessings to think big and live big!
1) Speaking of thinking big and living big, I am excited to have hosted Vic Johnson on a free webinar on Tuesday Aug 12, 2014 titled “You Become What You Think About” based on his latest bestseller. In this webinar, Vic Johnson takes you step-by-step as he shows you how to harness and use the power of directed thought in your life. CLICK HERE to watch this webinar replay.