I’m the first to admit that I’ve always been a bit of a dreamer.
So, I’m a huge advocate for dreaming BIG, because, it’s never served me wrong, and has helped me create a life beyond my wildest dreams (and I’m just getting started) And, I’m always the first to remind my friends, family and clients to dream a little bigger, too.
Wondering if you need to stop playing it safe and set your sights higher?
Here are 6 reasons you should expand your horizons of possibility!
The reasons you should be dreaming bigger
Reason 1: Because everything is in your realm of possibility
While it may sound cliché, there truly aren’t many dreams that are impossible.
Everything that exists in this world is yours for the taking.
The only thing that stands in the way is the limitations you put on yourself….and sometimes, time. Because, sure, some goals are naturally going to take longer than others to achieve, due to the gap between where you currently are and where you want to be.
For example, if your dream is to go into outer space but you’ve never studied astrophysics, it’s probably not something you’re going to be able to tick off the list tomorrow. But, if someone else has achieved it before, know that it’s within the realm of possibility for you, too
Reason 2: Because it’s contagious
When we dream big, it makes the people around us stand up and pay attention, too.
Some may tell you it’s impossible, but that’s just them projecting their insecurities onto you. There will likely be just as many who are inspired by your boldness and think “wow, maybe I’m aiming too low with my goals.”
When we encourage others to raise the bar and expand their horizons with their dreams, it’s always a good thing.
Reason 3: Because it never harmed anyone
You’d be hard pressed to find any downsides to dreaming bigger. Because honestly, what’s the worst that can happen? Someone might judge you, maybe you’ll become disappointed in yourself for not achieving that goal?
Perhaps, with a simple mindset shift, you can live with that. Plus, just because you haven’t achieved it yet, doesn’t mean you never will. Rather than wondering, “what happens if I fail?”, ask yourself “what happens if I succeed?”
99.9% of the time, the rewards far outweigh any perceived risks.
Reason 4: Because it helps you take more action
If you set targets for yourself that are 10 X bigger than you actually achieve, then it forces you to take 10 X more action than what you would have otherwise.
This is the level of action that is required to achieve remarkable things.
The funny thing is, when we set smaller goals, we actually become more paralysed by fear of failure because we know it’s within our reach, and that it’s our own fault if we don’t achieve them. But, when we set targets that we believe are outside the realm of possibility, we’re more likely to think “hey, may as well give it a shot — what do I have to lose?”
Reason 5: Because even if you ‘fail,’ you win
Even if you don’t achieve your particular goal within your designated time frame, you’ve likely gotten much, much further than you would have if you had set a ‘more realistic’ target.
After all, you’ve had to take 10 X the amount of action that you would otherwise, and that’s always going to get you much closer.
You also need to look at the person you’ve had to become in the process of striving for that goal. Perhaps you’re stronger, more confident and resilient. That transformation is far more poignant than the specific goal itself.
Reason 6: You begin to seek out inspiration in others who’ve succeeded
One of the ways dreamers fulfill their dreams is by modeling others who’ve come before them.
When you hold a dream so vividly in your mind that it almost feels real, you look for any and every way you can make that dream into a reality. And to do that, we often turn to the people who inspire us. We look to people who’ve waged the battles but have won the war.
It’s never easy to fulfill your dreams, but it does seem a little bit less overwhelming when you look at others who’ve achieved the goals even in the face of seemingly insurmountable circumstances. How did they do it? What was the process? What were they thinking? What challenges did they have to face and overcome? And just how did they pull it off?
Every dreamer knows that their big dreams won’t come easy. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be worthwhile. If everyone could do it, then what would be the challenge in it?
No, as a dreamer, you realize that there’s a long road ahead, but you’re also willing to do what it takes. And, over time, you’ll reach and fulfill those dreams. It doesn’t happen overnight. But, eventually it happens.