Before writing the first chapter of Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling planned for seven years at Hogwarts. As a result, Harry Potter is one of the most read books of all-time.

Before creating the first Stars Wars movie in the 1970's, George Lucas planned for at least six films and started at episode four, rather than episode one. As a result, almost 40 years later the entire world still freaks out when a new Star Wars come out. This would not be possible if Lucas hadn't thoughtfully and largely planned.

Yes -- when you plan -- you should plan big. Don't just plant a tree, plant an orchard. What you plant in life is also what you harvest.

Are you living 10X?

"Being careful requires you to take actions cautiously--and there is no way that you will ever hit 10X activity levels by being cautious." ― Grant Cardone

Look at your goals for 2016. Chances are, they reflect timid thinking and less-than-creative planning. Without question, your goals are less challenging than you can handle. You are more than you know. You can handle more than you think. You can adapt to anything.

As an example, if your goal is to earn $50,000 in 2016, I challenge you to change that goal to $500,000.

When you 10X your goals, you will be forced to approach your goal in non-conventional and innovative ways. The traditional approach doesn't work with 10X thinking.

Not only does your mind need to expand in what you plan and strive for, but your daily effort needs to change as well. Just as people underestimate their personal ability, they also underestimate how much effort and time something will take. Thus, people are frequently late for appointments and fail to complete projects they begin.

Rather than expecting ideal circumstances, plan for the worst. Rather than underestimating how much time and effort something will take, over estimate those things. Put way more effort into your goal than you think is required to get there.

If you're going to think 10X, you have to also put in 10X effort. Without the effort, it doesn't matter how "big" your dreams are. But once your behavior matches (and exceeds) your intentions, your dreams quickly become a reality.

Call to action:

"How can you achieve your 10 year plan in the next 6 months?" -- Peter Thiel, co-founder of Paypal and Palantir

Look at your goals, how can you 10X them? How can you narrow your focus? Or get creative? Or approach things differently to get unconventional results?

Ready to get creative and bold?

Go "All in"

"Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

People are afraid of commitment. We'd rather keep our options open. We'd rather diversify our investments to mitigate risk.

But if you want to go big, you need to put all your eggs in one basket. It's actually far easier and less risky to focus on one basket than many baskets.And yes, failure is a possibility.

Once you decide what you want, over-commit to that thing. Go all in. Pass your point of no return. When you do this, you'll realize the true meaning of security, which can only come from within.

Once your security is in yourself, rather than something outside of you (like a steady paycheck, health insurance, or 401K), you'll see yourself in a completely new light. Your confidence in yourself and your abilities will radically escalate.

The obstacles that once held you back will become tools to propel you forward. Your external environment will match your internal desires. 

Call to action:

How you set the game up is more important than whether you are playing in the game. In order to win before you play, make bold commitments and promises upfront that require you to perform at an excellent level.

Like planning, your effort and execution needs to match (and exceed) your commitments and promises.

But go ahead, make your goals public. Commit big and then get to work.


"The entrepreneurial world can be divided into the five percent who are mastering 10x thinking, and the 95 percent who are afraid to consider that such a capability is possible for them. The five percent who commit to a lifetime of 10x growth continually expand their business and personal lives with ever-greater capabilities, resources, opportunities, and achievements."--Dan Sullivan

Are you ready to live 10X?