If your dreams don’t scare you, then they’re not big enough. Have you ever heard this quote? I know I’ve heard this saying too many times to count, but to be honest with you, I never really knew how to dream big. Well last week I attempted an exercise that showed me just how big I could dream. Now, I didn’t get this exercise from any place. I thought of it and just tried it out. Can I tell you something? By the time I was finished, I was excited, frightened, and I had goose bumps. I decided to dream big, but to make it interesting, I gave myself a time limit. In three minutes, I had to write down 20 things that I wanted to accomplish. I want you to try this exercise.
Here’s the thing: dreaming big is scary because we never know if we’re going to be able to accomplish everything that we have in our heads. In the past, I had many dreams and goals, but I kept them limited. In other words, I only dreamed as big as what I felt I could handle, which meant that I wasn’t dreaming big enough. Last week was the first time I let myself go and jotted down exactly what came to my mind. I have to admit- I even erased one of my thoughts because it seemed too outrageous for me. I wasn’t sure if I could actually accomplish it or even if I wanted to try. Then I wrote it back down. The point of the exercise wasn’t about writing goals to accomplish. I was about seeing what I might want to do, if there were no barriers. *And, maybe there aren’t any barriers, but that’s for another post.
If you’ve ever squelched some of your dreams because you felt that they were too big, then I encourage you to try this exercise. Want to secretly sail around the world? Write it down. Want to venture to another planet? Write that down too. You do not have to do everything that you list. The goal is to see what those pie in the sky goals really look like for you. Who knows? You just might see those big dreams come to life.
Directions: Set a timer for 3 minutes. In that time, think of what you would like to accomplish in your life. Do not give yourself a cutoff age. Write the first 20 things that come to mind.