Ever since we were small children, we dreamt of what we wanted to be when we grow up and most of us would say a doctor, a lawyer, a pilot, or just rich. 😉 Then, the moment we grow up most of us realize that achieving those childhood dreams isn’t that easy. Especially when we are dealing with challenging moments in our lives, it is very tempting to fall into the mindset where we just “accept” that this is our life and that we cannot do or be better. Well, I am here to tell you that you can do better and that you can be better. How? By dreaming big.
What does dreaming big mean?
Simply put, dreaming big means that:
No matter what your history is and where you are at in life, it is important to never give up on your dreams, regardless of how big they are and how unlikely they seem.
Of course, everyone’s definition of a “big dream” is different. To some people, a big dream might be owning a Lamborghini or living in a $5 million mansion. I call these tangible dreams, because you could actually touch your dream. Other people prefer intangible dreams (dreams that you cannot touch), such as improving women empowerment globally, increasing internet access in Gambia, combating child marriages, etc. In general, intangible dreams tend to be long-term, whereas tangible dreams could be achieved short-term. When it comes to big dreams, it is less about tangibility and more about what goal is going to make you push your limits and encourage you to wake up at 5 a.m. to achieve it.
Dream it ’till you achieve it
You probably heard the sentence “Fake it ’till you make it” before, which basically means that if you do not feel confident, you should just pretend that you are confident, until you actually acquire the tools to be confident. Although this motto may encourage a lot of people, I prefer to live by “Dream it ’till you achieve it,” which basically means that dreaming of something results in believing that this dream could happen, which in turn helps you to achieve that dream.
By dreaming big, you are envisioning something in your head and if you do that over and over, your brain will eventually believe that it could happen – this is a necessary step before you can achieve any goal. For example, if you are playing a sport and before you start your game, you do not believe that you will win, you will most likely not win. However, if you believe from the beginning that you can win the game, you have a much bigger chance at winning.
Never stop believing
In the end, how powerful your dreams are depends on your actions. Yes, there is always going to be somebody who has more connections than you or who has more financial means than you. Yes, there is always going to be something or someone in the way that will make it difficult for you to achieve your dream. Is that going to stop you? Or are you going to go for it? That is completely up to you!
My advice is to not give up battles before they’re even fought. Howard Schultz, the founder of Starbucks, got rejected by 217 of the 242 investors he spoke to. If he gave up the battle after the first 200 investors he spoke to, he would most likely not have achieved what he has achieved today. Furthermore, if people like Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King did not believe in the power of their dreams, the world would not have been what it is today. One of the most important lessons that history teaches us is that everything that may seem impossible now could be possible tomorrow.
The key is to never stop believing in yourself and to keep dreaming new dreams – the bigger the better. Yes, you can do better and yes, you can be better. Did this article make you think about your personal dreams? Well, let’s go and achieve them!