Own a big house? Run 10 marathons in a year? When was the last time you dreamt big? When we were younger, nothing was impossible. We could be whatever we wanted without the fear of failure. As we grow older, we lose our sense of imagination and fear to dream the impossible. Reality and our limiting beliefs holding us back from pursuing something greater. I used to be afraid of dreaming big as I feared disappointment and failure. I was content achieving small goals and living each day as it passes. A near-death experience during my late teenage years altered the way I lived my life. I questioned the way I was living my life. Am I living life without regrets? Have I unlocked my fullest potential? I started to fantasize about achieving great things. Life is too short for mediocre dreams. Dream big and live life to the fullest.
Live Without Regrets
“If only I have done this…” If only I was like this…” How many of us have wished that we could turn back time and do things differently? Rather than wallowing in self pity or building castles in your mind, make it into a reality. Go out there and achieve all that you wanted when you are still young and capable. Yes, you could be content with life right now. But pursuing big dreams adds valuable experiences to your life and gives you something to look forward to. At the end of the day, you would want to look back at your life and know that you have lived it to the fullest. So, don’t give yourself an excuse to procrastinate your big dreams.
Unleash Your Potential
The only thing that is standing between you and your dreams is you. So, set high goals for yourself and create a solid plan. You’d be surprised by what you can do when you start believing in yourself. If you think that you are not capable enough to achieve your dreams, think again. Steve Jobs was a high-school dropout, yet he dared to dream big. He did not conform to the society’s limiting beliefs and forged his own path. Who would have thought that a high-school dropout could be earning a million bucks?
Bounce Back From Failures Quickly
Remember Les Brown’s cliche phrase? “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” He’s right! Even if you fall short, the second best alternative would definitely be better than your small dreams. No doubt, failure can be demoralizing and disappointing. But let’s look on the bright side. The failures you experienced will provide the stepping stones you need for future successes. As you learn new skills and analyze your failures, you would be better equipped to take on challenges. The best part? You are already achieving more than you would have achieved with smaller goals, so it’s less painful to keep moving forward!
Gain Greater Rewards
High risk, high returns. Yes, pursuing dreams can be scary, you could lose everything you have or you could achieve all that you wanted. Take me for an example, I disliked being told what to do and have always dreamed of being my own boss. I knew that it was risky to start my own business. I had to be accountable and any misstep could mean losing everything. Yet, I chose to forge my own path and took a leap of faith when the time was right. Right now, it was one of the best decisions that I have made and I’m thankful to be growing and learning every day. Dreams should be big enough to scare you. If it’s not scaring you, it’s not worth pursuing.
What if I’m not good enough? What if I fail? Ignore the voices that tell you that you aren’t good enough and listen to the little voice that tells you to pursue your dreams. Great inventors and scientists like Thomas Edison and Marie Curie faced countless failures during their research. Thomas Edison failed more than a thousand times before successfully inventing the lightbulb. Without big dreamers who dared to do the impossible, the world wouldn’t be the way it is today. If the people around you have small dreams, inspire them by pursuing your big dreams. Who knows? You could inspire others to follow your footsteps.
What does the word impossible mean to you? To me, it means I’m possible. Dreams might seem impossible and overwhelming at the start, but why not try taking the first step? Let’s reconnect with our younger self and block out the limiting beliefs and societal norms. Who says dreams are unrealistic and impossible? When there’s a will, there’s a way. Transform your dreams into reality.