I heard an interesting talk from Dan Sullivan on why 10x growth (in business, life, whatever you choose) is actually easier than 2x growth…if you get your mindset right.
He described 2x thinking as fundamentally controlled by the past. You look back at what it took to get where you are and you attempt to do more and better of the same activities, approaches, and processes.
10x thinking is controlled by the future. Since the future hasn’t yet happened, you first have to imagine the future you want. Once your idea of that future is firmly in place you work backward from it. You deconstruct what it takes to get there. You let this vision of the future determine what you do in the present. The past may occasionally provide lessons, but it’s mostly a distraction. What does the future demand? If you are to grow 10x, what would have to happen to get there?
It’s amazing how much this little insight helps. So many things we do unthinkingly just because we did them in the past. We assume they are necessary because they were before. When you ask only what the future wants, instead of replicating what the past was, your entire mindset shifts and you begin to focus only on the truly key activities and those that are scalable.
Are you a slave to the past or are you letting your vision of the future lead?