Dream Big Dreams — No Dream is Too Big

DREAM BIG DREAMS — NO DREAM IS TOO BIG

Do you dream big dreams?  Do you even have the ability or the desire to do so?  If you did dream big dreams, would they just be dreams or would you try to find a way to make those dreams come true?  A wise man once said, “If you are going to dream,  you might as well dream big!” The logical next question is…”Why should you dream at all?”

 We are going to explore that question in this article.  To dream  big dreams may  mean something different to you than it does to  someone else.  The definition will be different for different people.  This blog is only interested in YOUR  journey to the end  of YOUR  own personal rainbow.

It is hard to dream big dreams in the midst of day to day drudgery.

Tote that barge, Lift that bale.

 I said I would teach you how to dream effectively and you may have been asking yourself, “How can dreaming ever be effective?   Mama always told me to get my head out of the clouds and we all know Mama is always right.”  Right? “Tote that barge, lift that bale.”  Life’s a drag.  And that’s just the way it is.

So why do some people “pull themselves up by the bootstraps”?  Luck? Maybe. God blessed them with more intelligence than most of us have?  Maybe. Or maybe something deep down inside of them just stood up one day and said, “It’s not acceptable anymore for my life to be a drag.  God did NOT make an imperfect person.  He gave me everything I need.  And it might just be a SIN  if I don’t use what God gave me.  The potential for my life is staggering and I WILL NOT waste another minute of the time God has given me to lead a meaningful and exciting life.”   

If you dream big dreams and have no focus, the dreaming is futile.

Dreaming without Focus is just Daydreaming.

I personally have always been a good dreamer.  When I was in the fifth grade, my teacher actually sent a note home saying I daydreamed too much. That’s bad.  Right?  Not  necessarily.  If by daydreaming, she meant that I lacked focus, then that could be bad.  But if she meant that I had my head stuck in the clouds, then I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. The problem I had then was that I DID  lack focus AND my head WAS  stuck in the clouds.  And when you dream big dreams but fail to stay constantly focused on the prize that those dreams represent, then it is impossible to make your dreams become reality. But the flip side is that if you dream dreams and can learn how to focus your mental, emotional, and physical capacities toward making those dreams come true, you can truly climb mountain peaks that are now impossible to even see.  I want to teach you how to focus your heart, mind, and soul, not to mention your blood, sweat, and tears, on the future…not just any future…but the future as YOU wish it to be.

Almost all of us are dreamers –  or we have been at one time or another in our past.  We have dreamed big dreams and believed in an unlimited future.  If we have stopped dreaming, it is because we have allowed ourselves to be conditioned by the opinions of others or because a failure to succeed at some personal or business venture(s) in the past has convinced us that dreaming is futile.  So we have developed the self-limiting habit of measuring the potential of the future with the yardstick of the present.  We are so busy worrying about the way things are now, or worse, how they might have been, that we fail to see what the world could be like if we dreamed dreams and diligently pursued them.

There is a famous quote that you may have heard, “Some men see the world as it is…and ask ‘Why?’  Other men see the world as it could be…and ask…‘Why not?”

FOCUS ON GOALS

 Some of us don’t dream dreams because we think dreaming is too impractical.  Pipe dreams, we call them. And if we dream big dreams then they are just bigger pipe dreams, even more impossible to reach.  Did you ever stop to wonder why some people win Olympic gold medals while other people want to run but never enter a race?  Some people make millions of dollars and others who seem to have just as much talent do nothing but look at the millionaires with envy.  And wonder why.  Well, ok.  Why?  Is it luck?  Maybe.  But when analyzed more closely, we can usually find a couple of common traits in successful people that play a much larger role in their success than does luck.  The first is attitude.  And the second is focus. Attitude has two parts.  Belief and desire are two  prerequisites to success that can be lumped together to form the psychological phenomenon called attitude.    The proper attitude is essential. But let’s add  a new element – focus.  And the  right attitude CAN LEAD  to focus.  Do you agree that staying focused on the goal is absolutely essential to your success?  There is  a phrase that represents the point very clearly. It was a phrase used during the American Civil Rights movement to remind people of the the desired end result for a cause for which people were willing to put their lives on the line.  They succeeded desegregating a country but gave the whole world hope and belief that the impossible can be accomplished.  And their motto should be an inspiration in any endeavor.    I have tried to fit it permanently into my thinking. The saying is…

“Keep Your Eyes On The Prize!”

Dream big dreams but focus with the end in mind.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize!

 We should all have this simple phrase written not only on our walls, but also in our hearts and minds.  It seems such an easy thing to do.  But keeping your eyes on the prize, the gold, the target, the end result, … your dream…  can be a very difficult thing to do. FOCUS!  So much FOCUS and BELIEF that you don’t even acknowledge the possibility that there are obstacles that cannot be overcome.  You must have FOCUS!  Remember, if you have enough “belief” and “desire”, you will have the right attitude.  And with the right attitude, you can learn to stay focused.  And with enough focus, you can indeed move whatever personal mountains you dream about moving, no matter how large they may be.

 If you believe the concepts I have laid out in this article, then  you have already taken the first step toward success.  “Belief” is the first step in effective dreaming.  You will never dream big dreams and achieve them if you don’t  have a powerful and unshakable belief that you can do so.  So if you believe, then you have passed the first test.

In the next few blog articles, I am going to give you principles that, if combined with action, can  change your attitudes and focus your life.  It all starts with your story… Uh oh.  You didn’t know you had a story, did you?  Well, if you don’t already, you will definitely have one by the time we are finished.  If you thought you had a reason to succeed, you will now have the opportunity to make your little  jingle of a “why” into a symphony of a “why”, with a huge orchestra and everything. My goal is to help you to identify what is really important in your life with such clarity and depth that you will finally be able to achieve the purpose and focus that will make your dreams become realities.  You will then be better prepared for the slings and arrows that are called reality in your current world when you start on your journey to success.  And then you  will need to find a vehicle to get you there, if you don’t already have one.

Remember, God gave you all the human qualities you need to succeed.  I can supply you with the tools you need to use those God-given qualities.  The rest is up to you.

I WOULD LIKE TO GET YOUR OPINION

Let me know about your past successes or failures and whether what you have gotten from this blog so far has changed your thinking in any way or set you on a new path.  Please  leave a comment.  I would like to hear from you.  And if you would like to  leave your name and email address at the top right corner of this page, I will also send you notification anytime I add a new article to the blog.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Posted May 17, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

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    • larrybuckley
      Posted May 25, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for the comment and for the vote of confidence. I am very pleased that the blog is helping you and your family. Stay tuned for more on practical day to day goal-setting and productivity and for a discussion of potential vehicles to help you to achieve the success you want. Everyone’s vehicle is different as is everyone’s goals, but I will give you some ideas and guidelines that may help. Thanks again. Larry Buckley

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