History has repeatedly proven this through the lives of many, showing a direct correlation between a person’s level of achievements and the expectations that they set for their life.
Pioneers in every field of life were able to succeed at great things because they were pulled by a grand vision. They had to first conceive this vision within their mind and then believe, with all their heart, that they could accomplish it.
I like to compare this process to the act of planting seeds. The sowing represents the affirmation of your desires, and the nourishment of the sapling represents the steps, that you take to manifest those desires.
Yet no matter how appealing the potential rewards of a dream, most people fail to take the initiative or get stuck in their pursuit. Strong feelings of hesitancy, self-doubt and worry prevent them from seeing the beauty and possibilities of their dreams. They allow their fears to cloud their vision.
In this state, it’s important to ask ourselves this question: Are I feeling hesitant because of my own fears or because of real limitations in my situation?
In my life I faced the opposite problem. During my younger years, people frequently labeled me as being over -idealistic and impractical. I don’t blame some of them, based on my track record.
There were many times in my life when I charged ahead in certain pursuits with a child-like hope and naiveté, only to crash later on because I turned a blind eye to reality. Yet no matter how hard I fell, I was able to pick myself up again, dust off, and go back to the drawing board with wisdom and insight.
But even after experiencing past disappointments, I would not change my approach towards thinking big. I’m prepared to face the challenges that come with having high expectations for my life.
But having big dream is not a bed of roses. You have to be prepared to work harder than most people do, and be willing to go against the status quo. Your self-confidence and faith will be constantly tested as you face obstacles and disappointments along the way.
If you are still uncomfortable with the idea of chasing seeming insurmountable goals, use this checklist to decide if you’re ready to take on the challenge:
1. Do I have a clear target? This helps you easily identify the action steps you need to take to reach your target, and also makes it easier to measure and review your progress.
2. Does this opportunity align with my personal values, ethics and long term vision? You have to ensure that whatever you are considering aligns with what’s most important to you.
3. Do I know what needs to happen to attain the outcome I desire? You don’t have it all figured out yet but it definitely helps to have a strategy and the initial steps you need to take. The road will get clearer as you move along.
4. Do I currently have all the resources to make it happen? You need to figure out if you have enough time, money and energy in your present situation to realize this goal and see tangible results.
4. Am I prepared for this pursuit on a mental, emotional and spiritual level? Remember that the bigger the dream, the more your faith and inner strength will be tested. You will have to do some soul-searching to see if you will be able to handle failure, obstacles and uncertainty in a healthy way. If you can’t handle it on your own, you’ll need to either take time out to work on building your inner reserves and/or find people who can support you and give you encouragement along the way.
Your journey can seem intimidating at first. Like a mountain climber getting ready for a challenging climb, looking up at the snow-covered peak, you may question whether you have what it takes to reach the peak. But the rewards of your climb shouldn’t depend on whether you make it to the top or not but on how much you learn and grow from the experience.
All my best on your journey,
Question for you: Pick one personal dream that is very close to your heart. Ask yourself the 5 questions provided in the checklist and then take action accordingly. Is there anything causing you to be afraid to dream big?
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