“If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.” This quote by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says it all. She just nailed the whole idea about dreaming big, don’t you agree? I do! Those dreams should be outrageous, wild, and supernatural. So that everybody around you would try to persuade you that they are unrealistic to achieve, that your efforts will fall flat and you’re going to fail tremendously. This is a sure sign you’re on the right path.
So what is your biggest dream? What is the one goal that you think is impossible to achieve? Why do you think it’s impossible? Because it’s what others told you? Or because it’s you who does not believe you can do that? Or maybe all the above mentioned?
Achieving impossible goals starts with dreaming big. Too often, we sell ourselves short and aim for easily achievable goals rather than striving for something greater. When we shoot for the stars and dream big, anything is possible.
It is also a matter of perspective. Think about this: everything that we have accomplished in life started off as an impossible dream. Once we only dreamed of going to the moon, and now we’ve sent people there. We dreamed of putting a man on Mars, and now we’re planning to do just that.
Making a Choice
You know the saying, “life is what you make it”? Well, that’s true. But it’s not just because you choose your own path in life. It’s also because of the choices you make along the way. How come some people seem to be luckier than others? Because it’s not chance that determines our destiny, but rather the choices we make. Whether big or small, every decision can change our lives for better or worse.
Some people might argue that fate is predetermined, and we can’t change our destiny no matter what we do. But I think our lives are determined by the decisions we make, and each choice takes us one step closer to our eventual goal or fate.
So don’t be discouraged if things don’t go your way at first. Remember, it is never too late for a change and for choosing a different path. Clear-cut choice and determination is the key to realizing your big dream.
So how do you dream big and reach goals that seem impossible?
Here are five ways to change your perspective and achieve the impossible!
1. Shun negativity
This is one of the primary things you need to do when dreaming big. You can’t let other people’s lack of faith in your dreams and in their own bring you down. Instead, you need to focus on your goals and make them happen. When negative thoughts creep into your head, push them out by a memory of a happy day or a good friend, thus replacing them with positive ones.
2. Do what makes you happy
To always stay positive, you should do what makes you happy. Flooding yourself in positivity, you will naturally start to dream big. This is because a constant positive state makes a happy person, and a happy person can work miracles.
3. See the invisible
Have you heard about Eric Edmeades’ notion of the invisible? Do you know what impossible phenomena there are on this planet, which should not be there since they are impossible? Of course, you don’t. Since you haven’t seen them and not heard of them. But this doesn’t mean they don’t exist; we just don’t know they do. Right when we learn about those extraordinary things, we consider them impossible for us to do. And only afterward, step by step, and with relevant persistence in place, we can make them actual.
4. Have faith
If only you could realize what tremendous power you have within! If only you could imagine how miraculous it is. If only you could remove that self-doubt eating you from within, bring that power out from its hiding place, and let it work for you! If only you could have faith. All the doors, impossible and even those invisible, will open if you believe in yourself! And, please, do not confuse faith with hope; hope leads to nowhere; it is vain. Faith, on the other hand, is the strongest feeling leading to success. It’s the key precondition to dream big. The butterfly doesn’t see its beautiful wings; it doesn’t know the beauty it contains. In the same way, we often don’t see our own greatness, our omnipotent power.
5. Take action
Last but not least, take action! As simple as it sounds, this is precisely what it takes for a dream to come true: take action. That’s it! You will never ever achieve your big dreams if you just sit on your hands. So flip your fear and go ahead! Tune out all the negative feedback about your dream. Instead, talk to people who have already achieved their goals. Inquire them about the details, their feelings on the way, and the ups and downs. Other dreamers and their success stories will inspire you, give you wings so that you can go on to dream big.
On your way to dream big, please, do not forget to dream with passion. Have a burning desire to succeed. Do not be afraid to take small steps. Small but steady. Visualize your dream. Talk about your dream loudly. Make it heard: to the walls, yourself, and the universe. Nurture self-confidence, self-belief, and resilience as you proceed. Persist through failures. They toughen you up and are an intrinsic part of success.
Dare to dream big and go for it! And believe me, one day, you will look back and become so proud of yourself.
I am wrapping up leaving here for your inspiration a powerful quote by the first Indian-born astronaut Kalpana Chawla: “The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it.”