We all at some points in our lives have dreamed of being somebody special, somebody big. We dread big dreams. Who hasn’t fantasized about being the one who hits the game-winning homer? Who hasn’t dreamed of being the homecoming queen? And how many times have we dreamed of being rich, or successful, or happy with our relationships?
Allowing your mind to flop high and dreaming big dreams is one way of mastering personal success. Having big dreams and great aspirations are motivators towards great achievement. Unfortunately, most of us our dreams remain just that – dreams. And our aspirations easily collect dust in our attic. This is a sad turn of events in our life. Instead of experiencing exciting adventures in self actualization, we get caught up in the humdrum of living from day-to-day just barely existing.
But you know what? Life could be so much better, if only we learned to aim higher.
The most common problem to setting goals is the word impossible. Most people get hung up thinking I can’t do this. It’s too hard. It’s too impossible. No one can do this. We keep limiting ourselves to those things we believe we can achieve. The fact is that you can go as far as your mind could let you.
However, if everyone thought that, there would be no inventions, no innovations, and no breakthroughs in human accomplishment.
Remember that scientists were baffled when they took a look at the humble bumblebee. Theoretically, they said, it was impossible for the bumblebee to fly. Unfortunately for the bumble, bee no one has told it so. So fly it does.
Dreaming Big Dreams The Starting Point Of Achievement.
The secret of all successful people around the world is simple. They dream big dreams. Don’t limit yourself because you have the abilities and capacities to achieve anything in your life.
If you limit yourself with self-doubt, and self-limiting assumptions, you will never be able to break past what you deem impossible. If you reach too far out into the sky without working towards your dreams, you will find yourself clinging on to the impossible dream.
Here is an assignment for you. Take a piece of paper and a pen later on and write at the top, dream list. And make a list of all your dreams. If you are married just sit down with your spouse and write all the things you would like to be, do or have in the rest of your lives. Don’t decide on what is possible or what you can afford. Just list them down.
Dream as where you had no limitations because nothing is holding you back. Project yourself into the future like what do you want to achieve in five years time. Then engage yourself into what we call “blue sky thinking.” Blue sky thinking means you just imagine you have a whole blue sky above you and no limitations and then you write it down. And then you think and ask yourself this question, “what one great thing that you would dare to dream if you knew you could not fail?” Just imagine you are guaranteed success in any one thing, big or small, long term or short term in the whole world. What would it be? And write it down.
The fact is that when you start dreaming big dreams, your self-concept goes up. Your self-esteem goes up.
Set Clear Goals and Plans.
Once you have your dreams, set clear goals and plans on how to work on your dreams. Prioritize them on what to do first, what next and get started. Those who just dream towards a goal without working hard end up disappointed and disillusioned.
On the other hand, if you told someone a hundred years ago that it was possible for man to be on the moon, they would laugh at you. If you had told them that you could send mail from here to the other side of the world in a few seconds, they would say you were out of your mind. But, through sheer desire, hard work and perseverance, these impossible dreams are now realities.
Thomas Edison once said that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Nothing could be truer. For one to accomplish his or her dreams, there has to be had work and discipline. But take note that that 1% has to be a think-big dream, and not some easily accomplished one.
Ask any gym rat and he or she will tell you that there can be no gains unless you are put out of your comfort zone. Remember the saying, “No pain, no gain”? That is as true as it can be.
So dream on, friend! Don’t get caught up with your perceived limitations. Think big and work hard to attain those dreams. As you step up the ladder of progress, you will just about find out that the impossible has just become a little bit more possible. Learn more about setting goals.