Start Thinking Big

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Dawn Kaiser
The Village Business Institute

On January 21, we paused to pay tribute to the fallen civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr., and whenever I hear his name, I cannot help but hear his words “I have a dream” ringing in my head. Martin Luther King Jr. was a big thinker. He was not afraid of what others called “impossible” and he was willing to share his long-term dreams with the whole world.

Unfortunately, I believe thinking big has gone to the wayside and small thoughts and short-term thinking have become the norm. It doesn’t have to stay that way. Bestselling author Michael Port has created a “Think Big Revolution,” where he states that “big thinking must happen now; today, tomorrow and forevermore.”

So with the New Year upon us, I am making a call to action for thinking big. I will admit big thinking isn’t easy, but if you commit to the process, the results can be extraordinary and dreams can come true. Here are some tips I have discovered along the way as I began to think big.

  1. Learn Continually: In order to think big we must be willing to learn from every experience, including both our successes and failures.
  2. Make Time: Devote time to exclusively focus on thinking big. Put creative thinking time in your schedule.
  3. Ask BIG Questions: Be willing to challenge the status quo and focus on asking questions that will help you to think about things in a different way. Example: How can I think more creatively about this?
  4. Look for Possibilities: Don’t focus on the problems, instead look for positive possibilities.
  5. Focus on Future Regrets: There is the saying that “we regret not the things we do, but the things we didn’t.” So ask yourself, if I didn’t try or attempt this would I wonder “what if?” ten years from now?
  6. Create a Dream Board: I like using Pinterest to create dream boards for my goals and then pinning images to my virtual dream boards.
  7. Connect with Others: To become a bigger thinker, connect with other extraordinary people, who will inspire you and challenge you to step outside your comfort zone.
  8. Start Small: The old saying goes that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” We must think big but focus on starting small, so begin today by taking a small step forward. For example, you could go join the “Think Big Revolution” at

Thinking Big can be scary, but it can also be fun. Having fun and laughing at and with yourself while you think big will go a long way toward helping you become comfortable as you stretch your mind and change the world around you.

VBI corporate trainer Dawn Kaiser

Author Bio
As an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Trainer with The Village Business Institute, Dawn Kaiser lives her passion–to energize, encourage and equip others to live their strongest lives. She draws on more than 12 years of experience in the Human Resource/Organizational Development field, a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of MN Duluth and a Masters of Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is also a certified HR Professional. For more information about The Village Business Institute, go to