Dreaming big is only part of the equation. Create routine Big Swings.

Perhaps it was the neat combination of growing up as a 90’s kid (fondly referred to as the “participation trophy” generation) and being very lucky to have supportive parents, but the phrase “dream big” or “shoot for the stars” was not uncommon for me to hear growing up.

Statements like these are very important for everyone to hear, however, what I’ve come to realize from my calls with Bob is that dreaming big is only part of the equation.

What do I mean by that? Well, though dreaming big is necessary, it is easy for the dream to be too vague. And the trouble with vagueness is that time likes to slip through it, like a drain.

For example, have you ever found yourself still wanting to pursue xyz… but suddenly it’s 5 months or even 5 years down the line? Many of us are in this boat. That’s why we need part two of the exercise. We need to create Big Swings. Bob explained to me how a Big Swing is an articulated goal that is measurable, ideal, and so out-of-this-world, that it should seem a little crazy to say out loud.

A Big Swing is an articulated goal that is measurable, ideal, and so out-of-this-world, that it should seem a little crazy to say out loud.

It can apply to your work, life, project, living arrangement… anything.

Example: Sell xyz idea to xyz company for $1,000,000 by 2040.

And a personal example: Own two properties (one near family, and one somewhere whimsical) by 2035.

And you know what’s crazy? Once you write down a Big Swing, it becomes a “north star” (a guide) to weigh your decisions on, to better reach your goal.

“Does this choice bring me closer to my Big Swing, or not?”

It gets better. Bob suggests making Big Swings a routine practice. Create one every quarter, and/or reflect on the established ones every quarter. You decide what works for you!

Illustration of Doug the Cat
Illustration of Doug the Cat

The Doug Den Takeaway

When you write down Big Swings, you harness time in your favor and increase productivity and clarity towards your goals.

Now, take 20 mins and identify one Big Swing. Then… swing!”

 

What is the Doug Den?

Four Loop Learning team member Jayme Markus often has two little eyes peering over her shoulder during Zoom calls. It is her cat Doug. As a way for her to help share leadership lessons that come her way from her time at Four Loop Learning, Doug is kindly here to help summarize them. Hence, The DougDen blog series has arrived. Welcome to Leadership Lessons From My Calls with Bob: Lesson X of 9.