How to Dream Big and Achieve What You Want in Life
‘We will only grow as big as we dream that’s why we must dream big.’ ‒ Gabrielle Williams
Do you dream big?
What are your biggest, most audacious dreams? Can you say it loud and proud to yourself? When I ask my clients this I usually get a look of defensiveness. Many of us are afraid to dream big. We can’t even admit to ourselves what we want! There’s a reason why asking people about their huge dreams has such a strong response: It’s easy to ridicule someone for dreaming bigger than themselves.
We’ve all done it. I know I’m guilty as charged. When I was stuck in corporate purgatory, finding out someone was planning to go onto bigger and better things made me think how much I was missing out. The time I was wasting by not going for what I want 100%. Yes, other people judge us. It’s a fact of life. You can’t let a fear of people being judgmental affect your confidence. If other people want to b*tch about your grand dreams, then know they are just green with envy. They would probably give anything to have the courage to dream big.
The thing is, we reap what we sow in life. Negativity breeds negativity. Positivity is the best ecosystem for success. Don’t worry about the haters ‒ anyone who did anything interesting had haters. Even Leonardo da Vinci probably had people hating when he was painting the Sistine Chapel. 500 years later Da Vinci is remembered. The rest are not.
Take these Steps to Formulate Your Big Dreams
Don’t be afraid of dreaming big. Be afraid of not dreaming big enough! Examples of dreams that mean business are:
- Making $100,000 a month in real estate;
- Signing a contract for your own TV show;
- Interviewing an A-list celebrity on your podcast; and
- Helping 1,000,000 people achieve their ideal lifestyle.
I’ve gone from 0 to achieving two of the above goals (guess which ones) and am on my way to completing at least one more.
Nothing is off-limits.
The power of such big and bold dreams is that it is one way you can change your mindset. The usual run of the mill goals won’t get you fired up. This isn’t a weekly plan, this is a trajectory for your life. Dreaming big puts your subconscious mind into a higher gear. Your body will think “Wow, we finally mean business, I better up my game.” You will be energized by optimism of daring to dream big.
Don’t get overwhelmed. Success comes in small chunks.
So you now have your dream. Think of this as your destination. You still need to plan your journey. If you just attack your giant goal without a plan of action, you will become disillusioned. You won’t know if you are getting closer to your destination.
Start with making a long-term plan to reach your big dream. Then you need to divide it up into smaller, manageable yearly chunks. When you’ve done that, focus on what you need to achieve by the end of this year. Keep going with the chunking process, coming up with monthly goals. Figure out how each chunk contributes to your big goal.
When this is complete, you can then start plotting your daily routine: the things you need to get done to stay on track. I like to plan out my day the night before. I take a small pad and pen and list the things I need to get done. The next day, when I complete a task, I cross it off the list. This is why I recommend using pen and paper. The feeling of crossing tasks off in real tie is amazing. You can then use these small victories to keep you focused on the big picture.
Monitor your progress.
So you are a few months in, you are hitting your weekly goals. In short, you are getting stuff done. But it doesn’t hurt to step back every so often and assess your progress. Maybe a part of your daily routine isn’t optimal, or you are spending hours per week doing something that you could automate or outsource. Thing like this come to light when you track your progress.
The more progress you make towards your big dream, the better you will get at knowing what helps you and what doesn’t. If something is no longer helping you towards your goal, then think about removing it from your plan. Some of my clients have told me they saved months and possibly years of time by cutting out things that don’t help them progress.
Spend time with the right people.
You might have heard of the saying ‘you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.’ If the people around you poke fun at your big dreams, then it might be time to update your network. Find other people with equally over-the-top dreams and network like crazy! Other people on the right path with exude positivity. This is the right environment for you and your dreams to grow. When a group of like-minded people get together and help each other with their dreams, great things can happen!
Never stop taking action!
Getting started on something big is one of the most difficult things you can do, so once you start, don’t stop! Each successful small chunk towards your ultimate goal should strengthen your habit of success. Wanting something is not enough. You have to deserve what you want. You need to take action.
Don’t wait around for the perfect time. The perfect time is TODAY!
Don’t wait for someone to do something for you. It is your responsibility alone to crush your dreams. Your dream should be life-defining and will take time, but if you keep taking action, you will reach it sooner or later.
Examples of Those Who Dared to Dream Big
Let’s finish with some examples of those who dared to dream big, make goals and follow their plan through.
- Oprah Winfrey grew up in poverty and overcame many other difficulties to become the youngest ever and first black news anchor for Nashville’s WLAC-TV. She took over as host for a low-rated morning talk show in Chicago and transformed it into the world-famous The Oprah Winfrey Show. She has continued with many other media and activist projects and now has complete creative freedom and a following of millions. All this because she was a trend-setter who had the dream of becoming a celebrated media personality.
- J.K. Rowling was a single mother on welfare who couldn’t even afford a typewriter – let alone a computer! She had an idea for a fantasy book series while traveling by train. She worked on her first novel Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for six years. When she finished, she was turned down by 12 publishers before getting her big break. She kept going because she never lost sight of her big dream.
- Althea Gibson was the first major African-American female tennis player and won Wimbledon and a Grand Slam title. After all that she was still wasn’t finished and went on to be the first African-American to compete in the pro-women’s golf tour. This goes to show you can achieve multiple big dreams in your lifetime if you are hungry enough!
If you want my personal coaching sent directly to your inbox then click here to access my Tax Deed Genius Lite 2 Weeks Course. In it I show you how to dream big and execute your plan without fail investing in Tax Liens and Tax Deeds. I can mentor you and help you stay on track to achieving your life-changing goals.