Time and time again, we dream big dreams and have enormous aspirations. Unfortunately, our dreams remain just that – dreams.
Very similar to most New Year’s resolutions and by mid-January, our big ideas have already expired. Imagine for a minute, right now, that life could be a great deal better, if only we learned to aspire higher. The most widespread difficulty in setting goals is the word impossible. For the most part, people get hung up thinking: “I can’t do this.” or “It is too hard.” or maybe “It is unattainable.” And even “No one can do this.” The truth is if everyone thought this way, there would be no inventions, no innovations, and no breakthroughs in human achievement.
Do you remember the bumblebee? Scientists were puzzled when they took a look at the humble bumblebee. In theory and according to physics, they said, it was not possible for the bumblebee to fly. Fortunately for the bumblebee, nobody told it that fact. As a result fly, it does. If you limit yourself with self-doubt, and self-limiting assumptions, you will in no way be able to break past what you consider not possible. If you reach excessively far out into the sky without working towards your goal, you will find yourself clinging to the impossible dream.
Remember the three big things that hold us all back:
- Limiting Beliefs
- Low Expectations – which create low standards
- Ineffective Strategies
Let’s look at the strategy of breaking a BIG Goal into smaller (process goals) stepping stones toward achievement of the BIG Goal. As you break down your dream achievable steps, you will soon discover that the goals you thought were impossible for you start to become easier to bring about. And the impossible begins to seem possible after all. Thomas Edison once said that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Nothing could be truer.
Chasing your dreams can feel like you’re chasing your tail at times. This can happen to the best of us and there is a simple reason why: you haven’t turned your dreams into goals. Ladders writer, Christopher D. Connors, explored something similar in a recent article. In it, he talks about “having” it and how, after some introspection, you might find that you don’t “have” it. If you’re chasing after a dream job, you might want to consider reverse-engineering your way into that dream position.
But what if you do some introspective searching and find that you really aren’t completely happy with your current state? Then start making your future state — your Have — a reality now. You may not have the sold-out arenas or adoring fans. But start acting like you do. Start imagining exactly what the “Have” looks like. Paint a picture so vivid, it would make Michelangelo blush.
Envision exactly what this looks like. Lead with this. Live a life that celebrates your future success. Then, start being and doing what that is. It’s a philosophical and cultural paradigm shift that will change the way you live your life each day. It will propel you toward living your dream faster than you ever could have imagined.
It all comes down to how willing you are to chase your dreams. We go through the classic “Think and Grow Rich” we start with the assignment of reading chapter nine on Persistence for fourteen days in a row. If you miss a day, you get to begin again until you can read chapter nine for 14 consecutive days. For you or me to achieve our dreams, there has to be focused effort and discipline. But take note that that one percent has to be a think-big dream, and not some easily accomplished one. Think big and work hard to achieve your goals. As you step up the ladder of progress, you will discover that impossible becomes a little bit more possible.