I love going to personal development events and learning from mentors who have achieved a lot of great things in their lives.
One of my favorite lessons that I learned in the last few years at a live event has to do with the size of our dreams.
Prior to going to this event I was always a bit unsure and confused as to what it meant to have a dream, versus a goal, versus a target etc.
I always kind of used these words interchangeably but didn’t really know how they related to each other.
I also didn’t know if I was supposed to make my dreams “realistic” or really, really big, and how all of that related to goals.
What I learned at this event was life changing for me.
What I learned is that the most powerful dreams are BIG dreams that might even take you multiple lifetimes to complete.
In other words, they do NOT have to be “realistic” at all, and in fact the bigger they are the more powerful they are.
What I learned is that most people confused goals and dreams, and because of that their dreams are always too small.
They set small, believable, and very achievable dreams, because they think that this is the best way to go about it.
GOALS should be believable and achievable usually within a 5 year time period, or maybe a bit longer, but DREAMS should be something that inspires you and it makes on difference if you even achieve them in this lifetime.
For example, when you think about people like Steve Jobs, or Elon Musk, or Bill Gates, these people think BIG.
Their DREAMS are so big that they will outlive them – as is the current case with Steve Jobs!
What I learned is that if we set HUGE dreams, not only will they inspire us to take action and be more excited than small dreams, I also learned that if your dreams are REALLY big, they take on a sort of “gravity” field of their own where they actually PULL you towards them.
In other words, let’s say we take Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and Space X, his dreams are massive.
He dreams of a world where gasoline cars are replaced with electric vehicles, and where we capture and store and use electricity directly from the sun.
And those are just some of his dreams that he plans on achieving in the SHORT TERM – LOL!
Can you imagine what his dreams are long term?
Now if you think about the size of his dreams, and how awesome they are, you’ll start to see that when he imagines such a thing in his imagination, a LOT of people (including me) join in and we ALSO want to see a world with such things in it.
I think it would be awesome if we could generate all our power from the sun, and store it in batteries and if cars ran on this electricity we captured from the sun.
So because his dream is so big, it starts to take on a “gravity” of it’s own where other people around the world start to buy into the dream as well.
Now, your dream doesn’t have to be that big or something that changes the world in such a big way.
Your dream might simply be to be an amazing artist, or to create a chain or restaurants that cooks food in some kind of unique way.
Or your dream might be to completely revolutionize the education system.
Your dream is YOUR dream. You don’t have to compare it other people’s dreams.
However, what I would encourage you to do is to DREAM BIG.
The reason why is because if you dream BIG, your dreams will actually start to pull you towards them.
The Universe will begin to “move mountains” to help you achieve your dreams.
People, resources, and opportunities will present themselves at the right time and all you have to do is take advantage of them.
If you dream small, however, you won’t be fully activating the magnificent power of the Universe to help you achieve those dreams.
Even if your current dream is very small, just make it a little bit bigger.
For example, if you’re an artist and your current dream is to just sell your first piece of art work professionally, than maybe you can make that dream a little bit bigger by dreaming of having an art gallery showcasing a whole bunch of your work and selling 10 or 50 of your pieces in one spectacular night.
Or if your dream is to simply make enough money to get out of debt so that you can feel a bit more financially secure, maybe increase your dream to becoming debt free and also manifesting an extra $50,000 in a bank account that you can use for emergencies.
Whatever your dream is, just make it a little bit bigger. And once you do that, the next day make it a little bit bigger again, and the next day and so on.