When that bolt of lightning hits and the idea to revolutionize the way people live comes to you, and you know in your heart that this is it; the big idea. It’s the moment you’ve dreamed of, and you can’t wait to count the rewards, buy that big house, fill the garage with expensive sports cars, boats, and that Harley that surely will make you too cold for all the hot babes. You feel ready to bet the farm, risk and risk it all like some stupefied poker player that just rolled into Vegas on a good winning streak.
However, wait. There’s more. This is not the time to bet the farm or anything close to it. This is the time to think small. That’s right my positive thinking friend that has heard all the gurus advise to think big or go home. Thinking big is great for the vision, the plan, the dream. It’s different when considering tactics to get where you are going.
Thinking small is thinking incremental. It takes many small bets, some winners, some losers to get you to the goal line. Microfocus ability separates the winners from the losers. The loser will bet it all, once, then cower back to their cave of despair when all is gone, and there’s nothing left to bet. The winner instead bets on the small trials. The winner knows that folding them when the time is right is a good thing. To win by losing is gaining valuable intel from each failure, misfire, lousy hand and move on. By betting small, the winner can absorb small losses as they move forward to the higher gain.
The magic ingredient in this formula of winning small, over and over, is resilience. That stick to its mindset that keeps superstar performers rising against challenges over and over. Understanding resilience is vital.
Resilience is fueled by using the word, RECOVER:
Resist the temptation to allow small setbacks to stall your efforts
Expect good outcomes regardless of risk
Competence and confidence development
Overcome peer pressure to quiet detractors
Vision to see beyond temporary adversity
Energy is reserved, revitalized and managed to keep on trying
Relax and design rewards for incremental successes as well as the end game big payoff
Resilience describes people who adapt successfully even though they experience risk factors. Resistance is a coping mechanism while under stress. Resistance works for what may be prolonged adversity, or an immediate danger or fear.
Some of the things that can impact your store of resilience may come from relationships that provide care and support, love and trust, and offer encouragement. It may be your family, friends, or associates. Other factors associated with resilience include self-confidence and a positive self-image, and the capacity to manage strong feelings and impulses.