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Achieving your goals: How do you think big?

Posted Oct 23 2008 3:18pm

Tallbuilding One of my most effective happiness-project resolutions is to "Think big." In work and play, tackling a big challenge can be a major source of happiness.

In work, to think big, I started this blog. It felt like an impossibly huge goal when I was getting ready to launch it, but slowly but surely, I've built it into something I love.

For fun, to think big, I'm doing the Boy Castaways project with a friend. It's big, it's time-consuming, it's complicated, it's exhausting...it's so much fun.

As a work/fun project, I wrote a novel in a month. Yes, a 50,000 word novel in one month. I was absolutely inspired by Chris Baty's No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days. The brilliant Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, suggests doing the "24-hour comic" exercise, when you write an entire comic in one day. This kind of boot-camp approach to thinking big can be a lot of fun.

I'd love to read some examples of things other people have tried -- whether at work or at leisure -- to set themselves a very large goal and to work toward it. Did it make you happier? How did you decide what goal to pick?

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Interested in starting your own Happiness Project? If you’d like to take a look at my Resolutions Chart, for inspiration, just email me at grubin, then the “at” sign, then gretchenrubin dot com. No need to write anything more than “Resolutions Chart” in the subject line.

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