Why Do Newbies Think So Small?

Very soon, I’ll be traveling to Washington, DC to speak at a conference (JV Alert).

While I’m there, I’ll get to do one of my favorite things: spend time with new online entrepreneurs. Newbies. Many of them will have never operated an Internet business before, and they’ll be full of questions.

Why Do Newbies Think So Small?

I truly enjoy visiting with these folks, because they’re full of optimism and fresh hope for their own future. I believe they are the future of our country.

One thing, though, I find disheartening: they so often think too small.

At one of the most recent conferences where I was speaking, someone asked me, “Is it possible for me to make an extra $500 a month on the Internet?”

This makes me sad.

Why limit yourself in this way?

I think it’s harder, in fact, for the person who asks this kind of question to make their goal of $500, than it would be for them to shoot for something bigger. Like, say, $5,000. Or even $50,000.

It all comes down to this: our beliefs and expectations are in absolute control of our actions. More often than not, we get exactly what we expect because what we expect is ultimately the only thing we will act on.

The person who asks if they can “make $500 a month” is really, in my opinion, expressing their unbelief that they will in fact make any money at all.

And if that is what you believe, chances are that is what you will receive.

Stop thinking so small! Small expectations and small goals do not have the power to give you energy. You will only take the required action for great success, when you’re spurred by a great goal.

Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at RayEdwards.com.

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  • barak

    Good complimentary thought by John Maxwell at http://johnmaxwellteam.com/expectation/

    • http://rayedwards.com Ray Edwards

      I like hearing I’m in good company!

    • http://writingriches.com/ RayEdwards

       @barak Barak, thanks for pointing this out!

  • AdamLantelme

    Ray I agree with you.I’m a “newbie” copywriter attempting to land his first clients in the next 3 weeks.Fact is, I’m going for the jugular. I’m not going to sabotage myself by undervaluing my work. Why? Because a.) I’m confident in my ability and have wonderful resources to fall back on @heyhealy and b.) companies spend 4 and 5 figures all the time, so why shouldn’t I be ones to command such a fee?It comes down to confidence; and understanding that fear is an illusion.Being blessed enough to live in a country where the only limitations I will ever encounter are imposed by myself I won’t think small. Some people might think I’m dreaming too big, but they’re the ones with the blinders on.Not me.Thanks for the opinion, because it’s based on facts.

  • AdamLantelme

    Ray I agree with you  .I’m a “newbie” copywriter attempting to land his first clients in the next 3 weeks.  Fact is, I’m going for the jugular. I’m not going to sabotage myself by undervaluing my work. Why? Because a.) I’m confident in my ability and have wonderful resources to fall back on @heyhealy and b.) companies spend 4 and 5 figures all the time on copywriters so why shouldn’t I be one of the writers  to command such a fee?  It comes down to confidence; and understanding that fear is an illusion.  Being blessed enough to live in a country where the only limitations I will ever encounter are imposed by myself I won’t think small. Some people might think I’m dreaming too big, but they’re the ones with the blinders on. Not me.Thanks for the opinion, because I resonate with it entirely. Ryan Healy 

    • http://writingriches.com/ RayEdwards

       @AdamLantelme  Ryan Healy  @heyhealy Adam, I’m glad you found the post encouraging.

  • fischerls

    I am a newby and I think the reason we think small is due to all the times we have been disappointed in our lives. I know that these disappointments may be a similar situation where we got what we expected but I can also see the human nature effect of it as well. I think  this is also why we need mentors to help encourage us to greatness. Thanks Ray for reminding us to think big and being my mentor.
     

    • http://writingriches.com/ RayEdwards

       @fischerls  I appreciate your transparency, and I’m grateful for your kind words.

  • http://www.AnmariMedia.com Marshall Bone

    “If you see a turtle on top of a fencepost, you know he had help getting there.” As a newbie, I was that turtle. All I knew was a ground-level view, I had no idea what was possible in my newly chosen profession. Thank you Ray for putting me on the fencepost and giving me a clear view of what my future can become. Next step is the view from a Gulfstream G280!

    • http://rayedwards.com Ray Edwards

      I would hardly classify you as a turtle, Marshall, but I understand the sentiment. I would like a ride on your Gulfstream.

  • Ruth Chapman

    Ray, I love this post, but I have to admit I myself let self doubt cause me to think small at times. I want to think bigger. I take some actions at times based on thinking bigger, but I’m not consistent. I am grateful that you are speaking to this issue.

  • Alan

    This is such an important point, Ray…one I have certainly been guilty of. Upping your game starts first by defining a challenging objective, then fully engaging and believing it is possible for you to achieve it. One’s mindset at the outset is critical to expanding the space and making room for future success.

  • http://buckleadership.wordpress.com Justin Buck

    I don’t make a practice of thinking too small. Usually, my vision is for the finished product. What I DO make a practice of setting incremental goals. “Cam I make $500?” might be a question, but only on my way to $1,000, $5,000, and up. Incremental goals are just as important as commanding a bigger-picture vision for your enterprise. They keep you focused, give you measurable progress, and keep you encouraged!

    Great post, Ray!

  • Kahmara Gabri El

    Thanks Ray. You just created a monster.

  • http://Overallbeauty.com/shop/ Kim Snyder

    I try really hard not to think small.. But its also if you are afraid to fail, you think small so if it doesn’t work out.. then it was just a small failure.
    Awesome Post by the way.. I need to work on how I think about things that is a for sure!