It’s a phrase that’s grown rather popular. However, nobody really gives it a moment’s thought. What does ‘think big’ even mean?
Have you noticed how kids always have huge dreams and ideas? Is it weird that us adults aren’t able to let our thoughts grow to such heights?
Kids (the younger they are) have minimal exposure to negative feedback or negative criticism. You never really go around telling little kids they can’t be a racer or a pilot or even a princess. Whatever they dream of everyone around encourages it, thereby their dreams get bigger.
As they grow, adults begin to criticize their ideas or tell them why they’re impractical. Additionally, procrastination and fear of judgment by their peers leads to overthinking ideas. This happens to most of us, sparing the scientists that never give up and those entrepreneurs who never lost the ability to think big.
Encourage and support every child to follow their ideas (even if it is impractical) and they’re bound to become creators (or crazy scientists). It’d be an amazing world, innovations of incredible magnitudes on a daily basis.
Besides, what we believe to be impractical may not really be so. Are you confident you’re aware of all the technology and research that exists in the world today?
What must we do to promote big thoughts?
The only thing parents have to do is always encourage the ideas their kids have, even if they personally believe it won’t work out.
Some other factors that parents need to watch out for to ensure their kids always think big are:
- Don’t allow negative thoughts even those planted by other people to stay in their mind too long.
- Ensure your kids aren’t over analyzing an idea, get them to implement and work out the kinks.
- Stop them as soon as they start to make excuses.
- When they get stuck in a short-term mindset, remind them of the bigger picture.
Parents are aware of all the big questions their children pose. They do this not realizing there are hurdles in their way when they try to implement an idea. To be certain your child stays a big thinker you must guide your child to realize that the hurdles present are just challenges they need to beat. They must be encouraged to run towards the hurdles and find solutions rather than look it as a daunting obstacle.
To convert big ideas into products requires an understanding of the core of the idea (scientific, mathematical, social, economic or whatever the idea pertains to) and problem-solving skills to get over every hurdle.
Much of this is taken care of via schools and other tutoring sessions but as we all know: schools teach only the basics.
Executing a big idea and persisting through to its successful completion will, without doubt, require a well-founded understanding of the subject. Here, parents must stay aware of any shortcoming their children face pertaining to knowledge and provide every resource required to obtain that knowledge.
Never give up.
Be sure that in the life of a ‘big-thinker’ not every big idea will come to a successful conclusion. But that’s just it, the big ideas are the ones that most people give up on because the very task of planning a course through to completion is an extremely disheartening step. But in children owing to their lack of negative thought processes and negative experiences, the process of tackling the big ideas is easier simply because they don’t face the initial hurdle of building confidence to even begin.
Raise your child this way and be certain they’ll always approach the big ideas absolutely unflinching. And even if they fail the first 100 times, encourage them to follow the next idea. Always be certain their big breakthrough is just around the corner. Thinking big does not guarantee the success of each big idea, but thinking big each time creates a mindset that allows for the ability to think big in any scenario and this mindset will guarantee successful ideas.
Even as adults, your children will be the unique kind of thinker, the kind that we call innovators and entrepreneurs. The kind of person that sees beyond what the rest of us can.