Everyone, at some point of his or her life, has dreamed of being somebody special, somebody big.
Who hasn’t fantasized about being the one who hits the game-winning homer? Who hasn’t dreamed of being the homecoming queen? And how many times have we dreamed of being rich, successful, and/or happy in our relationships?
We dream big dreams and have great aspirations. Unfortunately, our dreams sometimes remain just that; dreams. And our aspirations continue to collect dust in our attics.
Instead of experiencing exciting adventures in self actualization, we get caught up in the humdrum of living from day-to-day, just barely existing.
But you know what? Life can be so much better, if only we learned to aim higher.
The most common problem to setting goals is the word “impossible”. Most people get hung up thinking “I can’t do this. It’s too hard. It’s too impossible. No one can do this”.
However, if everyone thought that, there would be no inventions, no innovations, and no breakthroughs in human accomplishment.
Remember that scientists were baffled when they took a look at the humble bumblebee. Theoretically, they said it was impossible for the bumblebee to fly. Fortunately for the bumblebee, no one has told it so. So fly it does.
On the other hand, some people suffer from dreaming totally outrageous dreams and not acting on them. The result? Broken dreams, and shattered aspirations.
If you limit yourself with self-doubt, and self-limiting assumptions, you will never be able to break past what you deem impossible. If you reach too far into the sky without working towards your goal, you’ll find yourself clinging to that impossible dream.
Try this exercise; take a piece of paper and write down some goals in your life. Under one header, list the things ‘you know you can do’. Under another header, write the things ‘you might be able to do.’ And under one more, list the things that that are ‘impossible for you to do.’
Now look at all the headers, and strive every day to accomplish the goals that are under things ‘you know you can do’. Check them off when you accomplish them. As you slowly are able to check all of your goals under that heading, try accomplishing the goals under the other header, the one that reads ‘you might be able to do.’
As the items you wrote under “things I can do” are accomplished, you can move the goals that are under things that are ‘impossible for you to do’ to the list of things ‘you might be able to do.’
As you make your way through this process, you’ll find out that the goals you thought were impossible become easier to accomplish, and you quickly realize that the ‘impossible goals’ begin to seem possible after all.
The technique here is not to limit your imagination. It’s to aim high, and start working towards that goal little by little.
Those who just dream towards a goal without working hard end up disappointed and disillusioned.
On the other hand, if you told someone a hundred years ago that it was possible for man to be on the moon, they would laugh at you. If you had told them that you could send mail from here to the other side of the world in a few seconds, they would say you were out of your mind. But through sheer desire and perseverance, these impossible dreams are now realities.
Thomas Edison once said that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Nothing could be more true. For one to accomplish his or her dreams, there has to be hard work and discipline. But take note, that that 1% has to be a think-big dream, and not some easily accomplished one.
Ask any gym rat and he or she will tell you that you can’t have gains unless you get out of your comfort zone. Remember the saying, “No pain, no gain”? That’s as true as true gets.
So dream on!
Don’t get caught up with your own perceived limitations. Think big and work hard to attain those dreams.
As you step up the ladder of progress, you’ll find that the impossible gets just a little bit more possible.