Stepping into Your “Big” Dream
I truly believe that each and every single one of us has an important contribution to make in this world. A purpose, a hidden gift. Something that only we can do, in our own unique way. A talent, a quality, or even a little piece of hard-fought knowledge or wisdom. Something that when shared, does our (small or large) part to make a profound difference in the lives of others.
The thing is I think that deep down most of us know what our big dream is. That’s not really the problem. The real trick is believing that we can actually achieve something that seems so much more big, brave, and confident than we feel. For only when we think there is a possibility for success will we even acknowledge to ourselves that this “big dream” is what we truly want.
What Would You Do If You Could Not Fail?
Often, in regards to such dreams, people ask the question, “What would you do if you could not fail?” I prefer to ask, even if you might not succeed, what would be worth trying and doing nonetheless? Even if there was only a shadow of a hope of success, what would be worth the effort?
I think these answers tend to draw attention our big dreams. It moves us right past the fantasies of what we think might make us happy. The million dollars, the Ferrari, and the supermodel figure.
Instead, this line of questioning looks to the heart of the things that are truly important. Things that although they might seem much bigger than who we see ourselves as, ask us to step up nonetheless because someone needs to do so. A calling of sorts.
So think of your big dream as the one thing that, if you could achieve it, you would unequivocally believe that your life was well lived. The thing that would make all the sacrifices, all the miss-steps, and all the troubled times worth it.
It’s important to note that what most people don’t realize is that you don’t have to know how you are going to actually achieve this big dream, this vision. You don’t have to have all the answers. You don’t even have to possess all the talents or know-how you need to make this dream a reality.
You just have to take little steps in the right direction. One imperfect action at a time. As you do so, you’ll naturally make the necessary course corrections you need to make your vision a reality.
This is where goal setting comes in. Planning out the next logical steps. Gathering the tools and skills you’ll need to make the next leap forward. Then, taking action.